Navalny Hearts Trouble

Uncle Volodya says, "Enter, stranger; but, take heed Of what awaits the sin of greed: For those who take, but do not earn Must pay most dearly in their turn."

Uncle Volodya says, “Enter, stranger; but, take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed:
For those who take, but do not earn
Must pay most dearly in their turn.”

Longtime readers will recall that Yalensis has sort of a thing about Alexei Navalny, and worked harder than any real journalist I know of to get to the bottom of the KirovLes timber scandal for which he was found guilty of embezzlement. Navalny surfaced from time to time in the news after that, but any political gravitas he may have accumulated was spent when he failed in his gambit to win Mayor of Moscow. Although he actually made a surprisingly credible showing – largely thanks to Sobyanin’s not bothering to campaign – the government wisely gave him a suspended sentence for his financial crimes rather than jailing him, which I believe is what he hoped for. It would have allowed him to mount a political comeback by bleating that The Kremlin had locked him up to prevent his storming to victory in the election, while leaving him completely free to run gave him no excuse for failure except that the population of Moscow did not want him for mayor. He kind of hit the skids after that, largely disappearing from view except for cameo appearances to argue that sanctions are killing Russia, and basically adopting an opposite view to the official narrative, in an eerie imitation of the recently-assassinated Boris Nemtsov.

But he loves to be noticed, even if it’s just so that he can pretend he is a private person who doesn’t like being noticed. So we’re going to help a little, or Yalensis is. What follows is (potentially) yet a little more dirt on Navalny, a possible link between him and Hermitage Capital Management bad-boy William Browder, and a murky plot to discredit Russian businessman Denis Katsyv. Kastsyv is on the USA’s “Magnitsky List”, and the region in question is the Khimki Forest beloved of western lapdog Evgenia Chirikova. The final element in this crazy circus tent of disparate interests – furniture giant IKEA. I should mention that the case is currently before Arbitrage in Moscow, and ongoing. But I don’t imagine they will mind us kicking it around a little. Take it away, Yalensis!

IKEA, Browder, Navalny; A Tango For Three

Most of the material for this post comes from an interesting expose done by investigative journalist Oleg Lurie on his blog. The blogpost is entitled “IKEA, Browder, Navalny. A tango for three?

Executive Summary: Lurie alleges that William Browder secretly requested Alexei Navalny to launch a specific media campaign against Denis Katsyv.

[yalensis: I checked Navalny’s blog, but a word search on “Katsyv” didn’t produce any results.]

Khimki

Once upon a time there was a wealthy kolkhoz in the woods near Moscow named “Path of Ilyich” («Путь Ильича»), which held more than 3000 hectares of land. By the beginning of the 1990’s it was down to 1500 hectares, not all of them contiguous.

Later, this kolkhoz evolved into the “Collective Agricultural Enterprise” (КСХП) known as “Khimki Forest”. By 2010 Khimki was fully inventoried and reorganized as a contiguous public area, after resolving many disputes with former kolkhozniks and owners of private plots.

At the same time, mysteriously, 2 office buildings suddenly sprang up in one of the previously empty plots, around 20 hectares in size. In 2012, it was discovered that this plot of land containing the office buildings, had been surveyed and registered on behalf of IKEA. Apparently this plot had been sold to IKEA, which now held the title to it. The land deal was all the more lucrative, since the office buildings were also thrown into the deal, along with the land.

The Khimki Collective then initiated a lawsuit against IKEA, demanding the return of the plot of land, which they claim was fraudulently obtained by the latter. Currently the lawsuit is in its second phase, at the 10th Arbitrage Court of Moscow.

Allegations against the Katsyv Family

Khimki is represented in court by Natalia Veselnitskaya, whose law firm also represents the Katsyv family. Natalia is the wife of Alexander Mitusov, who is Assistant Prosecutor for Moscow Oblast. One of the commenters to Lurie’s piece, “Pakhomov” accuses Mitusov/Veselnitskaya and Katsyv families of being financially intertwined, although I am not sure any of this sounds actually illegal:

“Кстати, почему Вы не написали, что Наталья Владимировна Весельницкая – это жена Александра Митусова, первого зампрокурора Московской Области, а позже… первого заместителя Кацыва-старшего! А ещё Кацыв-старший будучи министром транспортам МО, а ранее – руководителем ГУП “Мострансавто”, передал обязанность взыскания денег за транспортное обслуживание этой организации с районов… адвокатской фирме Весельницкой! За 6%. Так что Весельницкая не только Кацывов защищает, а ещё себя и своего мужа. Похоже на то, что они все там финансово повязаны.”

“Why didn’t you [Lurie] mention, that Natalia Vladimirovna Veselnitskaya is the wife of Alexander Mitusov, the Deputy Director of the Moscow Oblast Prosecutor’s Office, as well as the Deputy of Katsyv the Elder! And also, Katysv the Elder while he was Minister of Transport for Moscow Oblast (…) hired the services of Veselnitskaya’s firm, granting them 6% commission for finding new funding sources. In other words, Veselnitskaya defends not only the Katsyv family, but also herself and her husband. It seems like they are all financially intertwined.”

The younger Katsyv, Denis, is notorious for being on the Magnitsky List. As Lurie points out, these past few months, as the Khimki lawsuit heats up, the liberal part of the Russian press has been flooded with a stream of articles “all with identical talking points”, exposing the Katsyv family and their connections.

Here is a link to one of these typical exposes, from the “Moscow Post”:

Here is a summary of the talking points made by the anti-Katsyv press:

Petr Katsyv is the (retired) ex-Minister of Transport for Moscow oblast. His son Denis is a prominent businessman. Both are suspected of massive corruption. Fearing prosecution, they have fled the country. Petr lives in Israel, allegedly frequenting gay nightclubs, along with his male secretary “Ilya”; while son Denis is hiding out in the U.S. One of their associates, a business partner of Denis and former top manager of Sberbank, Alexander Altunin, is suspected of being complicit in the bankruptcy of the Moscow bank Elektronika. The bankruptcy was investigated by Novaya Gazeta. The Moscow Post piece goes on to list other scandals associated with Denis Katsyv and his associates. A rogue’s gallery, including Vasily Dupak and Alexei Kuznetsov, and others.

Meanwhile, in 2013, Denis Katsyv was put on the American Magnitsky List. The Americans claim that the company called “Prevezon Holdings Ltd”, which is registered in Cyprus and lists Denis Katsyv as the sole stockholder, laundered $230 million. As alleged by the auditor Sergei Magnitsky, this money was allegedly stolen from the Russian state budget and laundered by Katsyv. Katsyv’s “laundromat” allegedly consisted of freezing the liquid cash into New York City real estate. As a result of being put on the Magnitsky List, Katsyv had his American accounts confiscated. He initially contested the confiscations in American court, but later withdrew his suit.

IKEA

According to Lurie, the recent flood of anti-Katsyv exposes, and the regurgitating of all the Magnitsky List charges, is just part of a new propaganda war waged by IKEA supporters. One of the main talking points is that “foreign investors” such as IKEA are being persecuted in Russia. Trying to deprive Russian citizens of that wonderful Swedish furniture.

The pro-IKEA articles in the Russian press all say the same thing, and all attack the same people. Specifically, two people: (1) Denis Katsyv; and (2) Katsyv’s attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Oleg Lurie interviewed Veselnitskaya, which interview makes up the body of this interesting blogpost. According to Veselnitskaya, she has discovered the Holy Grail: namely, a direct connection between Alexei Navalny and William Browder.

Ashurkov

Before we get to the Veselnitskaya interview, let us take a trip down memory lane, to around 2010-2011.

See, for example, this link, which leads to a PDF file:

“The Great Combinator” Ashurkov figures prominently in Navalny’s biography. Ashurkov has always been there, acting as Navalny’s puppet-master and middleman. According to some, he actually created Navalny in a secret laboratory. Their email correspondence, laying out various money-making and political scheming, was brought to light by notorious hacker “Hell”.

Recall that Hell hacked into Navalny’s google-mail account, probably just by stealing or guessing Navalny’s password. The archive of hacked emails later became the basis for Navalny’s successful prosecution in the KirovLes case. But KirovLes constitutes only a fraction of Navalny’s prolific opus.

Navalny’s emails with Ashurkov show that Navalny did not know Browder personally. However, Navalny HAD met with Jamison Firestone. Also, Ashurkov acted as intermediary of Browder’s interests, within the “Navalny Project”, which was created by Ashurkov’s “Alfa-Group”. The peak of this project occurred in the years 2010-2011, AFTER Navalny had been forced to flee Kirov, finding sanctuary at Yale University. At the time, Browder was involved in various conflicts with Gazprom and Price-Waterhouse. Navalny’s assignment, apparently, was to use his “anti-corruption” blog, Rospil, to attack companies on Ashurkov/Browder’s hit list, and also to support the various projects of the Alfa Group.

More recently, Ashurkov himself was indicted, and fled to Great Britain, where he was granted asylum.

How was Ashurkov finally nailed? Not for any of his major schemes, involving big money. For just a minor scheme, involving only 1 million rubes! For creative methods of campaign financing.

Recall that Ashurkov, along with Navalny, when the latter was running for Mayor of Moscow, came up with a cute scheme, whereby Navalny’s often passionate and dedicated supporters simply transferred (via Yandex) their small donations into HIS (Ashurkov’s) bank account, thus bypassing the campaign-funding laws! Which state that a special bank account must be set up to receive campaign contributions.

In retrospect, it is a sure bet, that Navalny’s run for Mayor was simply another money-making project for this duo of rogues. To their credit, they figured out the secret alchemy: how to turn thousands of small donations into a nice little stash of cash: 1 million rubles – not big money, but still money, and not bad for a pilot project. Thus, as Leonid Volkov noted, proving that money for political donations can be raised over the internet.

Imagine how Ashurkov/Navalny must have sweated, when it started to look like Navalny might actually receive enough votes to pass through to the second round! If Navalny had actually won the election and become Mayor of Moscow, that would have been a disaster for him, on the scale of Max Bialystock actually producing a successful Broadway show!

The Veselnitskaya Interview

With this historical background in mind, let us return to the Lurie material, and the interview with the attorney Veselnitskaya.

Veselnitskaya: “A month ago I received some information from our private investigators (who operate abroad); they reported on contacts between Browder and certain Russian citizens, who were called [in the correspondence] by the mysterious initials FBK. Of which one of the individuals involved was referred to by initials NAA. The aim of these contacts was to plant into Russian media negative exposes about Denis Katsyv and also his father, Petr Katsyv (….). And also negative exposes about myself, Katsyv’s attorney. The communications even included instructions about which media outlets to use, and the talking points to employ.”

And then the penny dropped,” Veselnitskaya continues, “that Browder’s so-called FBK shares the same initials with Navalny’s “Fund for Fighting Corruption” (Russian «Фонда борьбы с коррупцией»). And the initials NAA: Navalny Alexei Anatolievich! The media attacks against Denis and myself came from the usual ‘independent’ publications, such as Moscow Post, Novaya Gazeta, Vek, and others. Moreoever, the text and talking points are identical to those laid out in the ‘theses’ of William Browder.”

Lurie: “So where does IKEA come into all this?”

Veselnitskaya: “As the attorney, I defend the interests of Khimki, which is suing in Arbitrage Court for the return of those 20 hectares, illegally taken by IKEA. Therefore, as far as IKEA is concerned, I am the enemy. They don’t want to lose this golden plot of land! (….)

Lurie: “ But why did Browder feel the need to launch this information war against you and Denis Katsyv at this moment in time?”

Veselnitskaya: “For the first time in all the years since he launched this Magnitsky campaign, Citizen Browder was actually questioned in a courtroom. An American courtroom. In connection with some companies belonging to Denis Katsyv, a case initiated by Browder himself on the basis of the so-called Magnitsky Act.”

And any person who reads the record of his testimony will see, that Browder did not present one shred of evidence, that Katsyv’s companies have even the faintest connection to criminal money. To every question posed to him [in the courtroom] Browder replied that ‘he doesn’t know, he doesn’t remember, he doesn’t understand…’ This is the whole basis of his ‘proof’ against Katsyv, and moreoever, this is identical to Browder’s ‘proof’ in the Magnitsky case too. A transcript of Browder’s testimony is available, by the way. (….)”

Lurie concludes his blogpost by issuing a challenge to Alexei Navalny. Lurie claims he has read the the “technical instructions” issued by William Browder to his agent “NAA” at “FBK”, and challenges Navalny to either confirm or deny, that he, Navalny was the recipient of Browder’s instructions to launch a media campaign against Denis Katsyv.

It’s me again; fascinating, Yalensis, and thanks for giving us a glimpse of a gripping legal yarn most English-speakers will never see. Considering it involves William Browder, alleged criminal and international fly-by-night, I dare to hope it might even lure our old and recently-wed friend, Alexander Mercouris, here for a visit. I miss him, and it would be good to hear from him again.

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302 Responses to Navalny Hearts Trouble

  1. yalensis says:

    Thanks, Mark.

    I have to reiterate that I didn’t find any evidence that Navalny actually carried out Browder’s instructions to launch media campaign against Katsyv. Yesterday I scoured Navalny’s entire blog, his Twitter, the “Rospil” project, etc. Word searches for “Katsyv”, “IKEA” did not yield any results.
    A word search on “Browder” only brought one result, a Twitter in which Navalny heaps praise on Browder for Magnitsky List, but doesn’t mention anything more recent.

    However, the media campaign against Katsyv is for real, and maybe Navalny’s efforts were not needed, since others were taking up the banner on Browder’s behalf.

    • marknesop says:

      Or maybe Navalny spearheaded the initiative using his media contacts rather than using his blog, since it would be less likely to be tied to him that way and consequently less likely to inspire questions. Especially if no real evidence has been introduced that Katsyv is doing anything wrong, which might foster the impression that Navalny is an anti-corruption gun for hire rather than a true believer. Or perhaps Navalny intends to take it up once the hue and cry starts in the press. Or perhaps Navalny has nothing to do with it at all, and Veselnitskaya just has an overactive imagination. Time will tell.

    • rymlianin says:

      Bill Browder? Really? The grandson of disgraced former chairman of the CPUSA who was purged by William Z. Foster? Interesting how these things work.

  2. yalensis says:

    Also, it would have been super-nice if Veselnitskaya had actually published the leaked documents from Browder which she showed to Lurie. Lurie says he saw them with his own eyeballs, so we have to take his word that they contain the initials “FBK” and “NAA”.

    I am guessing that Veselnitskaya wants to hoard this evidence, maybe as surprise exhibit in the courtroom.

  3. yalensis says:

    Another allegation made in the Lurie piece, which I omitted for the sake of brevity, is that the IKEA buildings in Khimki are not actually selling furniture. He says they don’t look like the usual “box-style” of IKEA buildings, and that furniture is not taking place in them. So, probably, they are either office buildings, or are being rented out to somebody else.

    Not living in Moscow, I have no way to check if that is true or not.
    The actual address of the IKEA branch in question is:


    ИКЕА
    8 Микрорайон ул., , строен. 1
    Химки
    Московская область, Russia
    141400

    Phone#: +7 495 737-53-29

    This map shows all the IKEA outlets in Moscow. The 2 in the upper left corner, just outside the outer ring, are the 2 buildings in question, which were built on old “Path of Ilyich” Khimki land. As to whether or not they have a showroom, or sell furniture there, that I am not in a position to ascertain.

  4. Warren says:

    Edward Lucas speaking at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lvov.

    http://ucu.edu.ua/eng/news/4227/

    • jeremn says:

      “The secret of our success is Credibility, and it rests of othe features that also begine with “C”: Competence, curiosity, collaboration, competition, criticism, a strong common culture and lastly conviction. I commend these values to you as you leave UCU. They have served me well, and I hope they will serve you too.”

      Credibility, ” it rests of othe features that also begine” ..? Perhaps he should have added Chaucerian English to his list of c words?

      Or crap?

      I was thinking it should be crap, especially when I read Lucas saying

      ” I will continue to do my best, both at the Economist and in other writings, to sound the alarm. In the meantime I can only thank you Ukrainians for your fortitude and commitment to our European values. We have so much to learn from you.”

      • marknesop says:

        That “we have so much to learn from you”, although it was probably just throwaway flattery, sounds a somewhat ominous note. The Europeans already learned a great deal from the fascists, but I don’t think too many are nostalgic for the opportunity to come again.

      • kirill says:

        I see. Those European values are goons beating up protestors. Murder of journalists directly related to their criticism of the state (unlike all the joke cases Russia is being accused of). Passing of laws that violate basic principles of human rights and jurisprudence: for example a 12 year sentence in jail for using the word “Russia”. Operation of deathsquads to murder civilians in the Donbas. The conduction of a war of terror against the Donbas which includes the use of indiscriminate shelling in addition to the use of death squads. No effort whatsoever to seek a compromise and democratic solution. Total dictatorial brutality from the beginning.

        Those are some fine European values that I quite sure everyone respect. Everyone with severe brain damage that is.

  5. robert says:

    http://averypublicsociologist.blogspot.com/2015/07/greece-votes-no-what-now.html

    “There’s a geopolitical dimension too. Russia as a possible source for a Greek bail out has been discussed and dismissed thanks to collapsing energy prices. However, perhaps now mainstream comment and EU watchers will pay more attention to the invitation Greece received from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (the so-called BRICS)in setting up a new development bank. Ostensibly to fund development in emerging economies, in practice it will provide an alternative to both the IMF and World Bank. Rather than accept the punitive strings these outfits have customarily attached to “assistance”. It would be a major coup and a blow to the financial status quo if a developed economy, cut adrift by a short-sighted troika was to act as a fiscal honeypot for European states in trouble. That doesn’t mean Greece can be ejected from the EU only to fall into the arms of the BRICS in short order, but in the medium to long-term the IMF and its friends might not want to facilitate the development of a rival.”

  6. marknesop says:

    A little off-topic, if anyone was still wondering what happened to Zemfira over waving that Ukrainian flag around, The Moscow Times wants you to know that promoters – who all serve the Kremlin rather than their own interests, of course – are dropping “the beloved rock star” like a hot rock.

    Their reasoning is simple – if people were angered by her gesture (which the Moscow Times portrays as harmless and not political, a fan handed it to her and she just walked around waving it), fewer of them will attend planned concerts and the promoters will lose money.

    I’m not Zemfira’s press agent, but if I were I would have announced immediately after the concert that all Zemfira meant was that Ukrainians are brothers and Russians hope their troubles can be peacefully resolved. It would be far better if she had actually said something like that on stage at the time, as I have no doubt it would have been supported. Which leads me to believe it was a deliberate political statement, for which – as George Bush once said – there are consequences.

    Oh, wait. It looks like it was deliberate and a political statement after all. Way back in March of last year, “Zemfira pledged her support to the demonstrators who ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych by dedicating her entire website to a video performance of Ukrainian song Let Me Go (Vidpusti). The video was recorded at a 2008 concert in Kiev which saw Zemfira sing the song in Ukrainian before praising its writer, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the lead singer of Okean Elzy, as “the most talented composer in Ukraine”. Reap as you sow, Zemfira.

    She’s still playing the outdoor gig in Moscow in a couple of weeks. We’ll see how that goes over.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      So she waves the flag, walks around the stage, and then addresses the crowd

      She says, as far as I can make out, that it’s 10 months since she has appeared on stage and 170 days since she quit smoking.

      All followed by “Wooooos!” off the enraptured throng.

      All this took place in Tbilisi and she addresses the Gruzians in the language of the Orcs.

      She, however, is a “Volga Tatar” from Bashkortostan – same place as is the boss of the Central Bank of Russia.

      She, like many kreakly, also “feels” for the Ukraine.

      Last year she had the front page of her official website changed in order to show her solidarity with the Ukrainians.

      Now on the website can be seen a portrait of Zemfira against a black background together with only one video, where the singer performs in Ukrainian a song by the Lvov band Okean Elzy .

      “I want to show my support, to say ‘Hello!’, to thank and to join all Ukrainian musicians. For the last couple of years I can say that in Russia, of course, there are more opportunities and there is more money. In the Ukraine – there is more soul”, she says.

      See: Відпусти. Земфира поддержала Украину

      Is this the face that sank a thousand ships?

      Well, I suppose she could form a duo with Makareevich, another bleeding-heart kreakl for the Yukie cause.

      Here he is performing with the above Creole Tango Orchestra-Bulat Okudzhava

      I think he’s f**cking crap!

      Tastes differ, of course.

    • yalensis says:

      Okay, well that clarifies everything.
      Zemfira’s gesture was not accidental, or a mistake.
      She has been pro-Orange, pro-Ukrainian for several years now.
      And now she has finally made it clear and crossed that Rubicon.
      Just like Makarevich.

      Okay. Well, good for her. I respect her for being honest about her political opinions.
      She has probably thought it through, and decided to go into the pro-Bandera Opposition.
      The price to pay is that she will lose the mass Russian audience.
      But will gain new audiences in anti-Russian nations.
      Like I said, she has probably thought it through.
      If she is acting on conscience, then so be it.

      • Patient Observer says:

        Great research and analysis as usual mixed with humor. Thanks!

        “I respect her for being honest about her political opinions.” I would question your assessment in that area. I suspect that there is nothing honest about her political opinions. Rather, she may have had a grudge to settle, was jilted or cut a deal with the usual anti-Russian elements – sort of a Liz Whal grandstanding opportunity.

        Entertainers who become political after their carers are at or near their peak reek of opportunism – squeeze out the last dollar before your yesterday’s news.

        • marknesop says:

          I would imagine the roots of her animosity toward the Russian government lie in her sexual orientation; public personas frequently feel their stardom constitutes a responsibility to activism, and gay stars are no different. The western media did a great job of portraying Russia as anti-gay – even though it’s not – and there have been several major victories for gay rights in the west since which likely make her envious of the right to marry her same-sex partner she could now enjoy in many western countries. I can’t think of any other reason she might have a deep affinity for Ukraine; moreover, an affinity that would regard it now as better off than it was, or that would cause her to support present-day Ukrainian policies. Showing support for Maidan was bad enough, but you could put that down to naivete that Ukraine was moving on to a better place. Hardly anyone except nutjobs, anti-Russian fascists and political activists would say that now.

          • yalensis says:

            Dear Patient Observer and Mark:
            It is impossible to see into a person’s soul, probably those closest to Zemfira know whether she is being sincere or opportunist when she “came out” for Ukraine.

            To be honest, I have never heard a single one of Zemfira’s songs and have not followed her career. It wasn’t like I had never heard of her: Scanning Russian papers, I saw her name pop up in the entertainment section from time to time, and I was vaguely aware of her existence over the years. That’s about it.

            Now, with the new information and in hindsight, I suspect that Zemfira’s political opinions are sincere, and that she has been “anti-regime” for several years now. Ossetian war in 2008 was another one of those events that separated the “sheep” from the “goats” in the Russian intelligentsia: those who supported Putin vs. those who supported Saakashvili.

            I submit that the events in Ukraine this past year have similarly divided the Russian intelligentsia into two camps: a very large camp (who support their own government), and a much smaller, but vocal camp (those who support Ukraine and Europe).

            And it’s the same group: the ones who support Ukraine are the same ones who supported Saakashvili. It’s all really part of their pro-Western political philosophy. And if they are sincere, which many of them are, at least one has to respect that they are taking certain risks to take the UNPOPULAR position. Not risking their lives, obviously. But risking their careers and their popularity. I think they are on the wrong side of the barricades, but not all of them are paid opportunists. Pussy Riot – yes. Zemfira – probably not. But again, I cannot see into her soul.

            The other side of the fence: the members of the Russia intelligentsia who support their government (people like Kobzon) and are completely sincere in their opinions, they are good people too, but they are also lucky people! Because they can have their cake and eat it too, with a clean conscience! “Fortunate is the man who…” like Pushkin wrote.

            • marknesop says:

              I think, though, that we can all agree it is hypocritical in the extreme for The Moscow Times to cast Zemfira as some sort of doe-eyed embodiment of social conscience for her support of Kiev, while at the same time declining to give Valentina Lisitsa the same treatment for her rejection of Kiev. The Moscow Times declined to comment as newspapers the world over screamed that she is some kind of vampire, while Euromaidan Press trumpeted that her concerts were being canceled for “racist hatred”.

              I think we can also agree that the sale of The Moscow Times to a Russian buyer has not resulted in any change in its editorial slant, and it remains a western fifth-column propaganda outlet in which every remotely controversial news item is given a pro-western spin.

              • yalensis says:

                (1) Yes, Moscow Times is extremely hypocritical. For them, it’s all about whose ox is being gored. If MY ox is being gored, then I scream bloody murder. If YOUR ox is being gored, then who cares?

                (2) Lisitsa is WAY more courageous than Zemfira. Not only does Valentina hold an unpopular (in her society) political stance, but she also put her money where her mouth is: She travelled to Donbass, which entails quite a lot of physical risk, played free concerts, is travelling around, supporting the people. Zemfira hasn’t done anything like that yet. Until she does, she’s just another spoiled and opinionated kreakl.

                I wasn’t defending Zemfira, my only point was that she is most likely SINCERE in her dissident political beliefs. Hence, I don’t think it is productive for the pro-Russian side to attack her as being “slimy” or “opportunistic”, seeking fame or money, etc. On the contrary, she will lose out financially and be less popular, as a result of her stance. Although, from what I understand, she is so wealthy at this point, that it doesn’t matter, she could retire and never have to work again.

                Also, I don’t think Zemfira’s political beliefs have much, if anything, to do with her being gay. History shows that she was “anti-regime” going several years back, before the West started playing the gay issue. Also, people like Makarevich and Shevchuk have opinions identical to hers, and they are not gay. I think it’s a POLITICAL stance, not related to the gay movement, although I don’t doubt that her lesbianism gives her some piquant “cachet” among her kreakl friends.

                • yalensis says:

                  P.S. –
                  on scanning the Russian press and the op-ed pages, there were a lot of opinion pieces about Zemfira and why she did what she did, etc.
                  Most of the criticism was negative, but I noticed a lot of the writers expressed disappointment. I got the impression that a lot of them were former fans of Zemfira, now disappointed that their idol betrayed them. Some even seemed to be clinging to the (fading) hope that it was all just a big misunderstanding.

                  Not having ever been a fan of Zemfira’s (or barely even heard of her), I didn’t suffer from this sense of disappointment, which enabled me to see, I think, more clear-eyed, that, yes, this woman is a classic anti-Russian dissident cut from the usual mold! I wasn’t disillusioned in her, because I had never been illusioned in her.

                  However, I CAN understand the sentiment. I can intuitively imagine how I would feel if, say, one of my opera idols turned out to be a fascist, or racist, or something abhorrent like that..

                • marknesop says:

                  Well argued. Yes, perhaps you are right that it has nothing to do with her being gay – although gay dissidents like Masha Gessen do seem to loathe Putin with a special kind of hatred – and I missed that flag that Zemfira had been pro-Ukraine and anti-Russian government for some time before the gay issue coalesced.

                • Jen says:

                  Zemfira is likely to have identified with being an outsider for a long time; perhaps this is something going right back into her early childhood. The political beliefs she has may be part and parcel of being an outsider so it is difficult to judge which came first, being an outsider or having beliefs that go against what everyone else believes. Realising what her sexual orientation is (probably when she was a teenager) would have fed Zemfira’s sense of being apart from others. It may be a source of pride that feeds her ego, her sense of self and identity may depend on that.

            • Patient Observer says:

              Good arguments about her motivations although my fundamnetal issues is conflating political views with fascism. One has a modicum of rationality and objectivity regarding human interaction and the other is whacked out deranged head-banging. An analogy would be conflating a study of genetics and racism or astronomy with astrology. Perhaps its unrealistic to exclude fascism from the spectrum of political views as it would then be impossible to discuss European politics.

              Ukrainians say they aspire to European values and in fact many have demonstrated the essence of European values by worshiping fascism and the Vatican. The confusion is that polite people pretend Europe or at least its core values are no longer fascistic.

  7. marknesop says:

    Over at Off Guardian, Eric Zuesse goes much further than anyone has that I have seen so far, suggesting that Dmytro Yarosh coordinated the snipers at Maidan who shot Berkut and protester alike, and that Andriy Parubiy provided him with SBU uniforms which were worn by the snipers. Some interesting history also regarding direct links between UNA-UNSO and the present Right Sector. Some fascinating candid chat from Yarosh, although I can’t see if it’s authentic because the active links are not working for me. He is alleged to have said to Tiahnybok;

    “Our goals are the same. We both stand for Ukraine without Yids and Katsaps. I’ll help you, you’ll help me.”

  8. et Al says:

    yalensis, I lightly salt you! I mean I salute you! (I’m not Hannibal Lecter).

    Here’s something for colliemum from her own land:

    A Russian spy was dropped by parachute in the Welsh hills with instructions to contact a Mr Jones in the small village of Llanfair and give him the coded message: “The tulips are blooming well today.”

    Arriving at the village he asked a small boy where Mr Jones lived and was directed to a small cottage.

    He knocked on the door and the owner emerged: “Are you Mr Jones?”

    “I am.”

    “The tulips are blooming well today.”

    Mr Jones stared at him in amazement then smiled: “Ah, you must have the wrong house.

    “It’s Jones the Spy you want.”
    ###

    There are better ones (like the one in the stadium), but I wanted to chose one in keeping with da Stooge.

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/fun-stuff/19-welsh-jokes-pretty-much-9562314

    • yalensis says:

      Thanks, Al!

      Are you sure you’re not a cannibal, though, because I thought I saw you carving up some very dodgy looking offal the other day.

      In any case, I appreciate colliemum’s coded message.
      I sent her a coded spy message too, but I am not sure she got it, so here it is again. Given her love of Gilbert and Sullivan, I’m sure she will appreciate this song about a little birdie:

      • et Al says:

        I often serve up offal jokes! It is one of my great talents. If I can make someone’s eyes go a little bit moist with pain, then I’m happy all day long.

  9. Moscow Exile says:

    история в фотографиях

    History in Photographs

    On this day in 1983, American girl Samantha Smith arrived in the USSR. This girl became famous after having written in 1982 a letter to the Secretary General of the CPSU, Yuri Andropov. Her childlike curiosity had been aroused through Biblical research, through reading the Epistles, and she decided to find out at first hand from the top man the answer to the question: “Will the USSR go to war against the USA?”

    The text of the letter to Andropov:

    “My name is Samantha Smith. I’m 10 years old. I congratulate you on your appointment. I am very worried. Do not start a nuclear war between the USSR and the USA. Are you for war or not? If not, how are you going to prevent war? Of course, you are not required to answer this question, but I should like to know why you want to conquer the world, or at least our country. The Lord hath created the earth that we all could live in peace and not war. Yours Sincerely, Samantha Smith”.

    In early 1982, this letter was published in the newspaper “Pravda”, but Samantha did not receive an answer. She therefore wrote to the Soviet Ambassador in the USA, with the reasonable question: “and is your friend the Secretary General actually going to to answer this little American girl?”. Drastic measures had the desired effect: the leader of the “Empire of Evil” posted a reply, which stated, of course, that the Soviet people were for peace and did not want to fight; that he had fought enough not so long ago against Hitler; that fascism was evil, nuclear weapons were evil, and that it was even difficult to find a more peaceful country than the USSR was.

    The American child was able to feel all the charm of Soviet peacefulness and hospitality as the Secretary General invited 11-year-old Samantha to the the seaside, to the famous “Artek”. [Children’s Pioneer summer sanatorium in the Crimea – ME]

    In the summer of 1983, Samantha came to the USSR for two weeks. She visited Moscow and Leningrad. At “Artek” she spent her time according to the rules that a regular Pioneer had to; she followed camp regulations and wore a Pioneer uniform, which she later took back to the U.S.A. (most likely to a CIA lab for research). She also had a conversation on the phone with Andropov

    After having returned home, she wrote a book about the trip, which stated that in the USSR people lived in the same way as do people in the States.

    Samantha’s fate was a tragic one. On 25 August 1985 she died in an aeroplane crash when the pilot of a light twin-engine aircraft on which she was a passenger overshot the runway.

    A tragic tale indeed, especially in the light of the developments that have ensued following the policies of Berzinski and Nudelman and a host of other right-wing maniacs in Washington and the US military.

    However, I wonder who or what put the idea into Bible-reading Samantha’s head that the USSR wanted “to conquer the world, or at least our country”?

  10. Moscow Exile says:

    DULCE ET DECORUM EST …?

    Snipers all.

    In 24 hours at front:

    Backrow: dead, dead, alive, dead, alive, dead, alive.

    Front kneeling: chickened out of going to the front and doing his bit for Porky and Banderstan.

    Really, really sad.

    Keep ’em coming!

    • Jen says:

      Well at least these guys went to the front (or near the front) which is more than we can say (so far) for Curt Doolittle and Porky Piglet No 1.

      Since I mentioned Porky Piglet No 1, anyone have any news on what degrees he has collected from which esteemed institutions since we last mentioned him? I should think by now he should be qualified enough to teach at Harvard or MIT, although in what, I can only guess: the mathematics or physics involved in bleeding blood out of stones, I suppose.

  11. Moscow Exile says:

    The Ukraine has proposed a custodial sentence of 12 years (AWESOME!) for the use in official documents and in the media of the words “Russia” and “Rus'” to refer to the territory of the present-day Russian Federation (NOW RUSSIA will AT LAST CEASE TO EXIST, OR ELSE IT’S OFF TO GAOL YOU GO!), and on road signs and in advertising. This is stated in a bill, published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada (RUSSIA?).

    In the explanatory note it says: “Numerous historical (UKRAINIAN, I SUPPOSE) sources indicate that the name “Rus'” or “Russia” can be applied only to the territory of modern Ukraine (THAT IS, THEY CONFIRM THAT the UKRAINE DOESN’T EXIST?), but not to be the official name of the country-aggressor”.

    “Human stupidity and the universe are infinite – howevever I’m not too sure about the second” – Albert Einstein.

    Source: http://alex-moskalenko.livejournal.com/496284.html

    • marknesop says:

      “The racial policy of Nazi Germany was a set of policies and laws implemented in Nazi Germany, asserting the superiority of the “Aryan race”, based on a specific racist doctrine which claimed scientific legitimacy. It was combined with a eugenics programme that aimed for racial hygiene by using compulsory sterilizations and extermination of the Untermenschen (or “sub-humans”), which eventually culminated in the Holocaust.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_policy_of_Nazi_Germany

      If this passes without comment from the western media, I propose the Duma submit a bill that Ukraine be henceforth referred to by all Russian citizens as “Huilovsk” (Dickheadland).

  12. bolasete says:

    i must admit to some consternation on this post, ie, the lack of the proverbial smoking gun. i also read today on the saker what must be for web political commentary (http://thesaker.is/russia-vs-echr-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-european-courts/) a MONUMENTAL post detailing us/western legal lawsuits against russia. didn’t find navalny there but someone (i wonder who? hint, hint) (with masochistic tendencies) could perhaps unearth a bonanza by connecting the dots.

    • Tim Owen says:

      Jesus, that is monumental.

      • marknesop says:

        I’ll say. What’s the matter with our leaders? What do they think is in it for them if they goad Russia into war? Do they think the Tommies are just going to walk across No-Man’s Land and take it? It wouldn’t be like any other war, ever, and the destruction might well be irrecoverable. It is particularly galling to see the west lay claim to the mantle of enlightenment and freedom, when everything they are doing now is a cheat and a power grab, not to mention victimization of a people who were never an enemy but were once our allies, and without whom Nazi Germany would likely have won. Now we’re defending the Nazis against people who never did anything to us.

        • et Al says:

          Maybe a brief war is the tool to be used to wipe out their own debts, national emergency and that. Haircuts, pension raids etc. It would all be done and dusted quite briefly except if the dust was radioactive – I’m thinking of Neville Shute’s ‘On the Beach’..

          • marknesop says:

            I loved everything Neville Shute ever wrote, and I think I’ve read all his work. “On The Beach” scared the shit out of people on the subject of nuclear war for a couple of decades, but their fear seems to have dissipated until some think it is a bearable risk to court it, on the assumption the opposition will back down.

            • Cortes says:

              “In the Wet” was the product of a fevered imagination, probably due to ingestion of psychoactive substances.

              • marknesop says:

                Yes, that was a bit of a weird one, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I think my favourite is “No Highway”, although “Trustee From the Toolroom” (his last, published posthumously) is a close second. Shute was at his best (in my estimation) when he posited an ordinary, often dull personality confronted by extraordinary circumstances, and invested them with a kind of shabby nobility that made you proud to be part of the human race.

    • yalensis says:

      Dear bolasete:
      Yes, I know the post would have been a lot better if there was a smoking gun, but it’s a still developing story and, hey, we can’t all be Woodward and Bernstein.

      However, just for you, as consolation prize:
      I found this human-interest story, I think you will like it.

      Basically, the story goes something like this:

      In the center of Moscow there is apparently this spot near the metro station, where “impersonators” have claimed their patch.
      Among these impersonators, there is your standard Lenin double, and also a Stalin double.
      Things were great, until a second Stalin double showed up. Stalin #1 started to become jealous because “Lenin” started hanging out more with Stalin #2.
      So, the two went to a coffee shop to drink a java and talk out their differences.
      However, something went wrong, and Stalin #1 struck “Lenin” with his umbrella.
      “Lenin” had to go to a clinic to get his bruises taken care of.

      When asked what the argument was about, an eye-witness said:
      “The second Stalin was trying to get on Lenin’s good side. He went to the ice cream cart and when he was buying his ice cream, he called out to Lenin: ‘Vladimir Ilyich, what kind of ice cream do you want?'”

      Apparently this ice cream incident is what made Stalin #1 snap with jealousy and attack with his umbrella the leader of the world’s proletariat.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      The last two paragraphs I wholeheartedly support, though the Russian “liberal”, “creative class”, readers of “Snob” magazine, and gourmets of expensive “elite” European cheeses certainly won’t:

      After 400 years of the Russian dream to become an equal part of Europe is dead. Russians paid for it in huge territorial loses, millions perished in wars facilitated by Europe, and trillions in stolen treasures. European rulers relentlessly pushed to colonize Russia, not to make it a partner. Now Russia’s government should abandon the mindset of pathological need for the European Union.

      Russia’s government and its elite have to finally realize, what everyone knows by now, that the EU no longer wishes to have diplomatic relationship and to do business with Russia. We see how every cultural agreement, every trade deal is being used as a political tool to cut Russia off, to inflict a wound on Russia, to make the Russian people bleed. Russian government and its business leaders have to do everything in their power to untangle themselves from all trade deals and political agreements with the West. Otherwise, they are allowing the West to put unfair and undue harm onto Russian people. To allow this to go on is a national treason/

      • kirill says:

        I don’t see the appeal of being part of “Europe”. Russia has its own culture and identity. It does not need to suck up to some “big daddy” like the retards in Banderastan. All that Russia got from “Europe” was invasions, subversion and aggression.

        • Patient Observer says:

          and fast food.

          • Moscow Exile says:

            Before McDonald’s arrived here there was fast food:


            Russian pies


            Chebureki – from Georgia originally


            shayrma – from the Caucasus, khach food.

            and these, of course, with various additions, sweet and savoury:

            All washed down with this:

            • et Al says:

              Русское Бистро! We’ve been around that pie before in a much, much, much earlier thread. I was a regular frequenter of the one behind St. Basils in the Китаи-Город district which little did I know, was the place to be if you were of a particular sexual persuasion. Evil Russians! 😉 Apparently there is one on Tverskaya.

              http://style.rbc.ru/news/menu/2015/04/10/20882/

              & very old:

              http://all-moscow.ru/index.ru.html?kk=40175536ab&str=0&klvr0=31

              • et Al says:

                To misquote the epic Grace Jones,

                Strange, I’ve seen that pie before,
                St. Basils, in 1994,
                Full of meat and very tasty too,
                I’ve never before, had such an epic ….

            • Patient Observer says:

              I stand corrected! The food looks delicious especially as I have not yet had breakfast! Most major fast food outlets in the US are franchises. Is there a similar business model in Russia?

            • marknesop says:

              I had Chebureki once, in Vladivostok, from one of those little sidewalk stands; I remember I burned my mouth a little because I ate them so fast; they were really good. Shayrma have hit big in North America, starting with the immigrant community as so many of our trending foods do, only here they are known as shawarma, and most people believe they are African or Middle Eastern. They start with spit-roasted meat much like donairs, another popular fast food which originates in the Middle East (according to this source, so does Shawarma, which it suggests is simply a regional variation on the same thing). Although the Canadian west coast has tried with limited success to do donairs right, the best donairs to be found in this country (as every sailor knows) are at Tony’s Donair on the east coast, in the port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Robie St. Addictive. But you will smell like donair sauce all the next day; it’s in your sweat.

    • et Al says:

      I thought that the counter argument was that in initialling the European Energy Charter, everyone agrees to respect the provisions before ratification.

      On the ECHR, one point I recall is that it is completely snowed under by massive numbers of legal cases (almost like what was done in Kiev to paralyze the system by bombarding it with cases) and that this is a serious point of reform demanded by quite a few European member states and on the UK has pushed for quite strongly.

      https://www.coe.int/t/DGHL/STANDARDSETTING/CDDH/REFORMECHR/

      8th meeting of the Committee of Experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR), Strasbourg, 27-29 May 2015 – meeting report

      …One delegation expressed the wish to add the following text to the first sentence of para 3. This would read as follows: “The CDDH notes the Parliamentary Assembly’s invitation to take firmer measures in the event of dilatory, continuous or repetitive non-compliance with the Court’s judgments, provided that the State concerned has
      the objective possibility to execute the relevant judgments”. This proposal did not find
      support.

      Brighton Declaration 2012 on ECHR reform which apparently makes subsidiarity (make most decisions locally) a fundamental aspect of the ECHR:

      http://www.echr.coe.int/Documents/2012_Brighton_FinalDeclaration_ENG.pdf

      Al Beeb s’Allah GONAD (God’s Own News Agency Direct): Q&A: Reforming European Court of Human Rights
      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17748313

      • et Al says:

        FYI

        http://www.encharter.org/index.php?id=61
        ^ – the Russian Federation signed the Energy Charter Treaty and was applying it provisionally until 18 October 2009 inclusive

        There website is also in Русский!

        http://www.encharter.org/index.php?id=18&L=0

        Does implementation of the Energy Charter Treaty mean mandatory third-party access to pipelines and energy networks?

        The Treaty includes an obligation on member countries to facilitate energy transit across their territory, in line with the principle of freedom of transit, and an obligation to secure established transit flows. At the same time, an understanding included in the Treaty makes it clear that the Treaty provisions “do not oblige any Contracting Party to introduce mandatory third party access”.

        What is Russia’s status with the Energy Charter?

        Russia signed the Energy Charter Treaty in 1994 and has accepted provisional application of the Treaty pending ratification. This means that Russia has agreed to apply the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty to the extent that they are consistent with Russia’s constitution, laws and regulations.

        The absence of ratification does not present an obstacle to the practical and technical work of the Energy Charter process, in which Russia is an active participant. It does, however, leave ambiguity about the extent of Russia’s legal rights and obligations under the Treaty.

        On 20 August 2009 the Russian Federation has officially informed the Depository that it did not intend to become a Contracting Party to the Energy Charter Treaty and the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects. In accordance with Article 45(3(a)) of the Energy Charter Treaty, such notification results in Russia’s termination of its provisional application of the ECT and the PEEREA upon expiration of 60 calendar days from the date on which the notification is received by the Depository. Therefore, the last day of Russia’s provisional application of the Energy Charter Treaty and the PEEREA was 18 October 2009.
        ###

        I am not a lawyer, but that looks like a slam & dunk to me. The question though is not whether the provisions no longer apply to Russia (they do not), but in the case of a trans-national pipeline like South Stream et al (not me), they apply?

        That is not clear at all and certainly open to legal argument. It is certainly clear that Brussels treating South Stream as a purely European project is a) not factually correct (as it included non-member states), & b) Brussels repeated deferral (recently extended due to behind schedule construction) of applying the ECT to TAP which will bring Azeri gas to Europe.

        So, on the one hand Brussels was/is demanding that Russia apply EU the ECT and rules as if it were and EU member state, yet on the other it freely defers the part of the ECT and its own rules when it is in its own interest. Clearly a political decision, so they cannot claim the law is on their side. It’s hypocrisy.

        And there’s a follow up on the way, the International Energy Charter
        http://international.energycharter.org/iec/frequently-asked-questions/

  13. Warren says:

  14. Warren says:

    • Tim Owen says:

      The joke is the Conservatives crow about running a surplus. From my understanding this equivalent to a doctor holding its patient’s head under water… That actually sounds like it is within the Fascist spectrum of perversities even if I don’t think they understand what they’re doing.

      • et Al says:

        I think this is what David Cameron and his vampire money man in the UK are planning. They want to be the Canada of western Europe. Run a budget surplus, run everyone else in to the ground! It really is becoming the corporate fascist state as set out by Mussolini with a veneer of democracy.

        • kirill says:

          I would not take Harper’s books at face value. There is clearly some voodoo accounting considering how big the deficit was and how it disappeared without the pain that one would expect. The early 1990s deficit left by the Tories required a lot of pain to fix by the Liberals under Chretien.

          • et Al says:

            We’ll David Cameron is supposedly a master of PR, so yes, like Canada it is all about appearance and perception than reality. The markets are always happy with that concept as long as they are allowed to make a killing.

  15. Tim Owen says:

    What was the Euro and the EU meant to achieve?

    My distant memory retrieves little at a personal level but I do recall the overwrought interpretation in Kieslowki’s Blue:

    Macro-economic and banking practices have never sounded so sweet.

    I’m clearly slow on the uptake.

    Here’s a good piece that helps right the world a little bit. If the Euro was supposed to bind Europe together how is it that it has ended up tearing Europe to pieces?

    Well, according to this, this is exactly what it was engineered to achieve:

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jun/26/robert-mundell-evil-genius-euro

    • Warren says:

      Three colours triology:

      • et Al says:

        I bought if for the girlfriend. After all I get polish cooking!

        As for the article Tim posted above, it’s my impression that the euro was known to be a risk but it was hoped that it would sink its roots deep enough in to socio-politico consciousness before it was really tested, as they knew it surely would.

        I think this is proved true today with Syrzia being voted in on ending austerity but keeping the euro. The euro is a particularly tight straitjacket which takes away tools to deal with austerity, let alone any other of Greece’s problems and not to mention the practice of real democratic values.

        Oh, but we’ve got the marvellous European Parliament. Yes, which received the lowest ever turn out by european citizens since it existed. When you have its President openly threatening Greece over its referendum then you really do wonder if it should not be renamed the European Dinner Club. And I support the EU too!

      • Max says:

        I guffawed. In Bleu the Binoche character explains to the man she’s just flopped down on her back for that she’s just like any other gal, she sneezes, coughs, has tooth decay(caries) mais en Anglais the word comes out “cavities”. Get it: Cavities, ha ha!

        I’ll show myself out.

  16. Warren says:

    Angela Merkel – The Empress Without Clothes

    Political crises in Ukraine and Greece expose the paralysis and lack of strong leadership from Merkel in Berlin.

    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/angela-merkel-empress-without-clothes/ri8544

  17. yalensis says:

    Here is VOA with the stock Western media rebuttal of the purported Richard Durbin letter to Yatsenyuk.

    I notice that these Lamestream Media “rebuttals” are all the same, and all make the same “talking points”.

    (1) They assert the letter is a forgery and a hoax, without offering any evidence or proof for this assertion;
    (2) They assert that the letter is written in substandard English, thus implying that it was written by foreigners (*cough cough* Russians * cough cough*) possessing only the most rudimentary knowledge of the English language;
    (3) They DO NOT reprint the content of the letter, or provide the screenshot, which would allow English-speaking readers to make up their own minds whether it is a hoax or not.

    It’s not that the screenshot isn’t freely available on the internet, it is. But only on Russian-language sites and blogs, as far as I know. Only a tiny handful of Americans read those sites. Hence, the vast majority of Americans will not see the letter, nor the screenshot, and will not be able to make up their own minds, if it is real or fake. They are simply TOLD that the letter is a hoax, and they will accept that, as established fact.

    (4) VOA also repeats the same talking point as the Reuters piece, namely that the “forged letter” got Senator Durbin’s title wrong, when it called him “Assistant Minority Leader.”

    However, I checked, and double-checked, and that IS in fact Senator Durbin’s title, in terms of his role in the Senate.

    In summary, the talking points of the “other side” are so lame, and so insubstantial, that I am really starting to believe, that the letter is AUTHENTIC! Otherwise, the other side would have come up with better proof that it is a hoax.

    Here, once again, as a public service, is the content of Senator Durbin’s alleged letter for Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk. The letter that was supposedly written by an illiterate foreigner with only a tenuous grasp of the English language:


    Dear Prime Minister Yatsenyuk:
    I wish to assure you that the U.S. Senate extends its trust in you and shares your concerns over the ongoing dismissal by President Petro Poroshenko of key figures in Ukrainian leadership who have been entirely committed to promoting democracy in your country. I concur, it is necessary to invest every effort to keep Oleksiy Pavlenko in his office of Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food. His discharge will create additional obstacles on the way of widening cooperation between the U.S. and Ukrainian agricultural companies. I also consider it of utmost importance to make sure Yuriy Nedashkovsky remains President of Energoatom Company. It is largely due to his efficient work that Ukraine has an opportunity to intensify cooperation with foreign partners in the field of nuclear energy production.
    Besides, I would like to inform you that the U.S. Senate Ukraine Caucus has considered your proposals regarding Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Volodymyr Demchyshyn and head of Ukrgasvydobuvannya Company Sergei Kostyuk. Majority of the Senators agree that neither Mr. Demchyshyn, nor Mr. Kostyuk meets the job requirements. Yet, there is no clear-cut solution to the problem of Mr. Avakov. Senators differ in their opinions. I consider it appropriate to postpone the issue for some time.
    Sncerely, (etc.)

    • marknesop says:

      Yes, their defense is extremely lame, but I personally believe the motivation for that is shock that the Ukrainians would betray them, and not a tacit admission that it is authentic. They should know, however, that reality is whatever the public believes it is, and that after “Fuck the EU”, a lot of people are quite prepared to believe that American senators hand-pick the Ukrainian government down to micromanagement level. That belief is certainly not challenged much by the American rebuttal.

      • yalensis says:

        I mean, if I were Durbin and somebody published such a forged letter purportedly from me, then I would become a fire-breathing dragon. I would morph into the Incredible Hulk. I would publish both the forgery AND the rebuttal on my Facebook page, in every possible media I would be all over the place. I would hire experts and do a triple full Ginsburg all the talk shows, etc. etc. Everybody would be sick of hearing about it.

        In conclusion, I would say that Durbin’s response has been quite muted!
        In this case, the Lady doth protest not quite enough!
        Heh heh…

        • Jen says:

          Erm … if I were Durbin, I’d be hiring the best detectives and lawyers my money can buy to investigate the forgery, track down the forgers and then bring them to court. Then I’d bribe the judge … erm, I’d call a press conference and say that the full force of the law be applied against the forgers for undermining the office of a US Congress member.

          In Hamlet’s day – for anyone who doesn’t know “Hamlet”, this is the source of the quotation “the lady doth protest too much, methinks” – forging a letter saved a life (Hamlet’s) and sent two others (Rosencranz and Guildenstern) to death in his place.

          The scene where Queen Gertrude utters the line:

          • yalensis says:

            Superb!
            “Hamlet” starring Captain Picard and Doctor Who!

            It’s pretty good, but I still prefer this gloomy Swedish version, with wise-cracking robots:

        • marknesop says:

          Ha, ha!! I love Jim DeMint – he reinforces every stereotype about Republicans, and is delightfully, anachronistically kooky: “The rule of law is working in Honduras”. Sure it is, Jim – a military-backed coup is just as rule-of-law as you are likely to find in any country, right? You’d support a military-backed coup which overthrew the President of the United States and drove him out of the country, wouldn’t you? Sure you would – as long as he was a Democrat.

    • Warren says:

      Yalensis,

      (4) VOA also repeats the same talking point as the Reuters piece, namely that the “forged letter” got Senator Durbin’s title wrong, when it called him “Assistant Minority Leader.”

      Assistant Minority Leader is the correct title and designation for Senator Durbin, at least according to Wikipedia and the Congressional Institute think tank/NGO.

      The Assistant Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate (commonly called Senate Majority and Minority Whips) are the second-ranking members of the party leadership of the United States Senate. The main function of the Majority and Minority Whips is to gather votes on major issues. Because he or she is the second ranking member of the Senate, if there is no floor leader present, the whip may become acting floor leader. Before 1969, the official titles were Majority Whip and Minority Whip.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_leaders_of_the_United_States_Senate

      Senate Assistant Minority Leader
      The responsibilities of the Assistant Minority Leader are similar to that of the House Whip: persuading Members to support the Caucus position on votes and projecting support for the Caucus position.

      Website for the Assistant Minority Leader: Senator Dick Durbin
      Website for the Minority Chief Deputy Whip: Senator Barbara Boxer

      http://conginst.org/senate-democrat-leadership-positions/

      • yalensis says:

        Thanks, Warren, that’s what I thought.
        As the Minority Whip, Durbin is the “Assistant Minority Leader”, just like the letterhead says!
        And wiki says so too, and everybody says so.
        So, how can he get away with saying that’s not his title?
        People are stupid, but they’re not THAT stupid.

        • marknesop says:

          Yes, it was a definite mistake for them to rely on such a weak argument if that was meant to be their closer. Have we a legitimate piece of correspondence anywhere which features letterhead which lists Durbin as the Assistant Minority Leader? That would shut them right down, although I still don’t believe the letter which is the subject of discussion is authentic.

          Oh, my – the New York Daily News went there: “Letter to Ukraine’s prime minister supposedly written by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin appears to be forged by Russia“. Make hay while the sun shines, motherfuckers. No substantiation at all for why it has to be Russia, except that it “bolsters Russia’s effort to show Kiev as a U.S. puppet”, and that it uses “stilted language”. There you go – everybody except Russia speaks perfect idiomatic English, especially Ukraine. Couldn’t have been them.

          Well, well – the Chicago Tribune thinks Dick Durbin is the Assistant Minority Leader; it might very well be traditionally known as the Minority Whip, but I bet you don’t put that on letterhead. Gosh, as Lady Ashton liked to say – the Congressional Institute also thinks Dick Durbin is the Assistant Minority Leader. So does VoteSmart, enough to include the title in his biography. If you want to go international, the Ottawa Citizen referred to him as the Assistant Minority Leader – I wonder if Washington thought to correct them on their stilted English?

          You’re going to have to do better than that, Dick.

          • yalensis says:

            Well, at least the New York Daily News piece bothers to QUOTE from the “forged letter”, if only a fragment. They quote what was pointed out by commenters to be the weakest sentence structure in the entire letter, as proof that the “stilted language” was composed by Russia:

            “It is necessary to invest every effort to keep Olseksiy Pavlenko in his office of Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food,” the letter says. “His discharge will create additional obstacles on the way of widening cooperation between the U.S. and Ukrainian agricultural companies.”

            Commenters already pointed out 2 problems with above sentence: “His discharge WILL create” as opposed to “His discharge WOULD create”. In my previous comment, I already retorted that, in colloquial American speech, you will hear both constructions.

            The other problem is “obstacles ON the way of” instead of “obstacles IN the way of”.
            But again, that doesn’t sound all that faulty, and could be a regionalism.
            There is nothing in the letter that really leaps out as incorrect grammar, and I note that the Lamestream Media talking points have changed overnight from “substandard English” to “stilted English”.

            Probably in response to more and more people actually reading the letter, and finding it to be grammatical.

    • Jen says:

      Here’s the other letter from Senator Durbin congratulating Falun Gong and dated 2004 for comparison with the content of the letter addressed to Ratsenyuk and with the scan of the letter Warren posted above:

      • yalensis says:

        Thanks again, Jen!
        Comparison between the 2 letters:
        (1) The first is from 2004, the second from 2015, so 11 years difference.
        (2) Letterhead is pretty much the same, but Durbin’s credentials (on upper left) obviously different. The earlier letter lists all the committees he is on, the later letter just lists him as “Assistant Minority Leader”.
        (3) Font is the same, I think. Times New Roman (??)
        (4) However, paragraph formatting is different. Earlier letter employs both left- and right- justification of paragraphs. With no indenting. Later paragraph indents the first line of the paragraph and doesn’t justify on the right.
        (5) Signature is slightly different. You mentioned that earlier; I do see that now. Actually, significantly different. So either: (a) bad forgery, or (b) he uses a different stamp, or (c) he changed his signature over the last 11 years.
        (6) Similarity of vocabulary: he starts with “Dear [somebody]”‘, ends with “Sincerely,” uses words like “promote” (“efforts to promote religious freedom”; “promoting democracy”).

        Main thing the 2 letters have in common:
        MEDDLE MEDDLE MEDDLE in other peoples business!

  18. Moscow Exile says:

    Crimea Tatar creep becomes Lithuanian knight!

    For services to Lithuania.

    – Arise, Sir Mustafa!

    – But I am standing, Your Excellency.

    • et Al says:

      I think she is turning the key on his clockwork mechanism set in his back. How else can someone pump out such inane and wrong bs so regularly than to be some kind of steampunk robot?

      P.s. I’ve changed my mind about ignoring Lewd Cash. The entertainment value is just too high to be ignored.

    • marknesop says:

      He appears to be wearing his Dad’s trousers. His taller Dad.

  19. Warren says:

    • kat kan says:

      Haha these agents deal with real ones, they’d pick a hoax right away. Real ones don’t go blabbing all the details to bloody strangers. They might say they want a low-profile or anonymous purchase, but suggest it’s because wife doesn’t know about the girlfriend.

      There are huge tax advantages to having a property owned by a company rather than a real person (eg your $3 million renovation is tax deductible).

  20. Warren says:

    US Coast Guard Chief: Russia the Uncontested Power in the Arctic

    Coast Guard Commandant Paul F. Zukunft says U.S. “not even in the same league as Russia right now”

    http://russia-insider.com/en/us-coast-guard-chief-russia-uncontested-power-arctic/ri8572

  21. Jeremn says:

    On the subject of court cases, Ukraine is starting some more. Yats has spoken:

    “State-owned Oschadbank of Ukraine has filed a claim against the Russian Federation to the tune of about UAH 15 billion to compensate the damage and loss inflicted by the Russian Federation’s illegal annexation of Crimea and the consequent losses by Oschadbank of revenue and property in Ukrainian territory, which the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is,” Yatseniuk said at a government meeting in Kyiv.

    He called on other state corporations to act in the same manner.”

    http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/276618.html

    • marknesop says:

      I see. Crimea is uniquely Ukrainian because of the few years it was in Ukrainian custody – during which Russia paid Ukraine rent for its use of a city in its own territory – but now it’s for sale since efforts to provoke an uprising have failed.

  22. Warren says:

  23. yalensis says:

    On the electrical front:
    This piece from Kommersant is about the electrical situation in Crimea and Donbass.

    Recall that Ukraine is basically blackmailing Russia by threatening to cut off the supply of electricity to Crimea. The plan is to switch Crimea over to Russian mainland electrical grid (via underwater cable), but that is going to take several months, possibly up to a year before the switch-over is completed. In the meantime, Crimea is completely at the mercy of mainland Ukraine. Hence, the latter’s blackmail has been successful. Russia was forced to compromise by continuing to provide Ukraine with cheap gas.

    In addition, Russia is making a second economic sacrifice, this time on behalf of Donbass.
    Donbass is still “officially” part of Ukraine, and traditionally receives its electricity from Russian mainland grid, for which Ukraine pays utility fees to Russia. To the tune of .8 to 2.12 billion rubles per month, paid by “UkrInterEnergo” to Russian company “Inter RAO”.

    However, since April 2015 Ukraine has not been paying these energy bills. This resulted in a contract dispute, which was recently resolved, with Russia agreeing to provide those areas of Donbass under rebel control (DPR and LPR) with FREE electricity In the words of Ukrainian Energy Minister Vladimir Demchishin:

    “We conducted some rather successful negotiations with the Russians. We convinced them to exclude (from payment) 4 lines, which supply the non-government-controlled areas (of Donbass) from the Russian grid. These (4 trunk lines) which providing on a monthly basis electrical energy worth 300 million hryvnas. According to the agreement, we (no longer) have to pay for this.”

  24. yalensis says:

    In animal news:

    American actress Pamela Anderson has written a letter to Vladimir Putin, with a very specific request:

    She asks Putin to block the transit of a ship headed from Norway to Japan.
    [yalensis: I don’t know if Putin has the authority to even do this? maybe if he signed an executive order? I dunno…]

    Anyhow, the ship in question is currently docked at the Norwegian port of Tromsø. Its final destination is Japan, but it is currently waiting on routine permission from Russia to allow it to pass through Russian territorial waters, through whatever name that sea is called.

    The ship is chock full of finback whale meat, which Pamela says was illegally harvested. The whales are already dead, so this won’t help them, but still she wants to ensure at least that the poachers are not rewarded for their efforts.

    <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin_whale"The fin whale ( Balaenoptera physalus) is a marine mammal which can grow up to 27.3 meters in length. It is a fast swimmer, and can out-swim an ocean steamship. However, the swiftness of these animals did not save them from being caught and chopped up by those whalers on that ship.

    • yalensis says:

      Oops, messed up that last link, sorry:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin_whale

      • Moscow Exile says:

        So what should be done with it all?

        Turn it all into Pedigree Whiskas?

        I used to eat whale meat when I was kid. It was when everything was still being rationed after WWII – 10 years after the end of hostilities!

        There was a whale meat shop in my home town because beef was excruciatingly rationed. However, as my grandma used to cynically muse: “Aye, every cow has two fillet steaks inside of it but ah ne’er seen one for near 6 year! They must’ve all gone somewhere or other, but none of um ever ended up rahnd ‘ere”.

        Bet Winston Churchill and King George had fillet steaks 1939-1945 though.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          Oh yes! And I’ve eaten Pedigre Whiskas as well.

          Or was it Pedigree Chum?

          I ate it because I was very hungry at the time.

          • Moscow Exile says:

            And if any of you should wonder if my eating of cat, or, as the case may be, dog food had any deliterious effects upon my health or behaviour, I can honestly answer none whatsoever – though I do occassionally have this strong urge to lick my balls.

            • marknesop says:

              Fortunately, most of us lack the flexibility, as having it would have done away with a few marriages.

            • Jen says:

              Gee, I thought you liked going down to your little tree grove on your dacha to worship Wotan. Turns out you just like sniffing trees.

              • Moscow Exile says:

                Nah, I remember now: it was Pedigree Whiskas I ate. The landlady of my digs had loads of cats and after being on the tramp all day, I came in and nicked a can of Whiskas that she always had stacked up in the lobby. I opened it in my room and ate it.

                So I don’t have a yearning to sniff trees like a dog, but I do occasionally have this occasional urge to lick my balls and incessantly wash behind my ears as does a cat.

                • Jen says:

                  Does Mrs Exile ever ask you where you find all those little lizards and mice that you lay out in front of her slippers every morning as gratitude for looking after you?

                • Moscow Exile says:

                  On seeing my gifts that appear after my night prowlings, her typically inscrutable Finno-Ugric-Mongol-Tatar face betrays no emotion: I know not whether she idolizes me or holds me in utter contempt.

        • Jen says:

          There are health issues with eating whale meat. The blubber can contain very high concentrations of heavy metals like mercury and other environmental pollutants like DDT and molecules of plastic. Because blubber (like human fat) is basically storage of nutrients, anything that is in blubber just stays there (again, like human fat) and is never excreted by the animal.

          Also when female whales are pregnant or are lactating, some of the toxins in their blubber go into the offspring. (The same thing goes for humans, which is why some of the problems current generations of men are having with low sperm counts being affected by accumulations of PCBs and other organochlorines stem from when they were in their mothers’ wombs or when they were being breast-fed.) So toxic chemicals can accumulate in greater concentrations in whales’ fat storage from one generation to the next.

          Fin whale and other baleen whale flesh is not so much of a problem because these animals feed on phytoplankton and zooplankton so they occupy a lower place on the food chain. The flesh of animals like dolphins, orcas, pilot whales and porpoises, and also of animals like seals, sea lions and walruses, is more dangerous because these animals eat fish or other marine mammals so any toxic chemical loads the prey species have are passed onto the predators. The prey species themselves are often predators so they will also have inherited their prey’s toxic chemical loads.
          http://www.bluevoice.org/news_notfood.php

          This is why in the Faroe Islands, where traditionally the residents conduct an annual pilot whale cull (sailors drive the animals towards the shore and everyone at home gets out and whacks them to death with special metal tools), there are now restrictions on how much whale meat people can eat and the pilot whale harvest tradition and what it represents (the islanders coming together as a community to participate in a kill and share the meat) are starting to die out because of the health concerns.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whaling_in_the_Faroe_Islands

  25. Pro-Russian and pro-NAF poster khepesh in russiadefense.net:

    “I draw attention to that part I have now put in bold because yesterday Pushilin was talking about the possibility of VSN withdrawing from the front line Marinka and Krasnogorovka, and even Gorlovka has been mentioned. There is also talk of Debaltsevo being turned in a “DMZ” as it is not part of DNR according to Minsk. Does anybody think that ukrops will also pull back in those areas, or that they will evacuate Avdeevka and Peski in a gesture of “goodwill” to make them DMZ? I would like to say that I cannot see any possibility of Gorlovka being evacuated by VSN to turn it into a DMZ, but if there is a withdrawl from positions at Marinka and Krasnogorovka, then anything seems possible, even withdrawl from the western and northern districts of Donetsk city in order to make them DMZ, or if not that, which is extremely unlikely, then possibly from Yasinovataya and/or Spartak. Dangerous games and this all begins to tighten now. Four or five weeks, tick tock tick tock….”

    So more gestures of good will coming from the NAF. First it was Shirokino that they abandoned as a gesture of good will. Next will be Marinka and Krasnogorovka, and as khepesh said even Gorlovka is being mentioned.

    Some people are also mentioning Debaltsevo which the NAF captured after a long and bloody battle.

    All of these areas are to be DMZ (de-militarized zones) as a gesture of good will towards Kiev, the OSCE and the West.

    I know the Russians are masters of capitulation, but this seems too much. Or is it? The NAF lost hundreds of men capturing Debaltsevo and giving it back to Kiev would be the end of it all. Debaltsevo is an important city because it links Donetsk with Lugansk with a railway. If the NAF is serious about fighting against Kiev Debaltsevo cannot be given back in any circumstances.

    Let’s see where things will head. More capitulations coming is my prediction.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      “I know the Russians are masters of capitulation…”

      Do you really?

      Like at Stalingrad, Brest, Sevastopol, Leningrad, Moscow?

      Can you never give it rest, your constant repitition that Russia is a load of weak, incompetent, cowardly shite – even though you are “for” the russians.

      Really. Honest and truly…. ?

      • As I said, let’s see where things will head. Khepesh is one of the most knowledgeable posters about the Donbass war and he is certainly pro-Russian. He would not post something like this without merit.
        As for WWII, it was another time and another generations. Russians were a lot tougher back then than they are now. And they had Stalin instead of Putin. Putin would have surrendered in the June of 1941.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Oh, and by the way, the vast majority of the combatants in the NAF – those “Russians” who you say are masters of capitulation – are Ukrainians, namely Ukrainian citizens..

        Russians, namely citizens of the Russian Federation or the soldiers of the army of the Russian Federation, are not fighting in an official capacity against the armed forces of the Ukrainian State or the mercenary units of assorted Ukrainian oligarchs.

        Russia is not at war with the Ukrainian state, notwithstanding what members of the Kiev regime repeat ad nauseam for Western sheeple.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          You know, that state, that aggressor state which has repeatedly invaded the Ukraine these past 12 months and which is waging a merciless war against dear little Ukraine and against whom the brave Ukrainians are fighting in the name of freedoom and democracy and all that is good in the world and from whom at the same time it buys electricity (or gets it free of charge) and coal and to which aggressor state Ukrainian citizens have flocked in their thousands and continue to do so – and I’m not just talking here about Ukrainian prostitutes…

          • Moscow Exile says:

            And you know why the Ukraine buys stuff off the aggressor state, its enemy?

            Because no one else will sell the fuckers anything, and with good reason!

            Now go on! Let’s hear it again: you want Russsia to “win”, you really do, but …

            Go and pull other folks’ pissers!

        • But from what I have heard Putin would never allow Novorossiya to be defeated by the Kiev junta. Pro-Putin people like Saker and Cassad have been saying it for months.

          There are lots of people who question Putin. They think that Putin is not what he wants people to believe about him. Putin-defenders have been constantly saying that Putin will never allow Kiev to Novorossiya to defeated by Kiev. But if this happens wonder how many of those people will turn against Putin and how many will keep backing him.

          What Khepesh is saying is serious stuff. Giving Gorlovka and Debaltsevo to Kiev would be a major capitulation and it would place the junta artillery a lot closer to Donetsk than it is now. It would put the residents of Donetsk to lot bigger danger than they are now. And it would close the railway link between Donetsk and Lugansk.

          Giving these cities back would be a certain sign that the NAF has given up. Without Gorlovka and Debaltsevo the whole idea of independence of even Donbass autonomy would be ridiculous.

          • Moscow Exile says:

            “..wonder how many of those people will turn against Putin and how many will keep backing him…”

            Yes, they have been pondering that same question in Washington for over a year now.

            The 89% of Russians that support Putin’s policies are set to make a momentous seismic change in their position, aren’t they?

            I bet you’re waiting with bated breath for the stupid Russians to rise to Navalny’s call…or to Kasparov’s … or to Nemtsov’s …

            Delete Nemtsov! Putin had him killed.

            OK, let’s try Sobchak….

            • The Kasparov’s and Nemtsov’s are not the ones who are questioning Putin right now. They have always hated him but for different reasons.
              Yes Putin is very popular in Russia, not doubting that. And he will likely remain popular even if Donbass is defeated by the Kiev. But he will certainly lose the support of those who were wholeheartedly supporting Novorossiya in this war, and those thousands of Russian volunteers who fought on the side of Novorossiya.

              • Moscow Exile says:

                Yeah, they’re all pulling their hair out on the metro because of Putin throwing Novorossia under the bus. They’re rioting outside…

                The talk of Putin’s betrayal is widespread and vociferous!

              • Moscow Exile says:

                Thousands of volunteers?

              • marknesop says:

                Have you not learned by now that Russia – at least Russia under Putin – typically does not start projects it has no interest in pursuing? South Stream is an exception, and it is plain that would have continued if not for stupid EU resistance in the hope that they could control the pipeline. Russia is helping Novorossiya to the best of its ability without the full-on official state intervention the west is trying to provoke. That will continue.

          • marknesop says:

            If the NAF chooses to give up territory it has already conquered, how is that Putin’s responsibility? If the NAF chooses to give it all back, and accept having several hundreds or thousands more of its people executed for treason against the state and the rest enslaved to Kiev, they will merely join the rest of their miserable country in collapse, since without Russian markets and support Ukraine cannot remain viable. Would it be worth it to NATO to quickly accept it for membership, considering the EU’s current financial state, and turn it into a big NATO base against Russia? Who could afford that? If the EU was capable of absorbing Ukraine’s trade with Russia it would already have done so.

      • marknesop says:

        Were these decisions made by Russia? If you believe so, please state your evidence.

  26. Russia has stopped providing electricity to Donbass because Kiev refuses to pay the bill: http://news.yahoo.com/russia-cuts-off-power-supplies-ukraine-rebels-kiev-155519945.html

    • Moscow Exile says:

      No it’s not!

      Check out another source.

      Yahoo is a heap of foetid shite.

      The Kiev filth has cut off the juice – remember, a supply of energy is a “human right” according to Kerry.

      Russia is now providing free electrical power along three trunk lines.

      • Kiev did cut off the electricity to Crimea, right? But this article is about Donbass.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          Kiev has cut off electricity to the Donbas. Russia said it’ll keep the power supplied – no charge. That’s what I read a couple of hours ago. Not in yahoo.

          Another sign of Russian weakness?

          • Yes, bút Russia has a direct electricity link to Donbass that was built for the purpose of providing Donbass with electricity. If the Yahoo news is correct Moscow demands that Kiev should pay for those Russian electricity supplies to Donbass. If Kiev does not pay, then Russia will not provide any more electricity to the rebel held areas.

            So it would not be Kiev cutting off the line but Russia! Hopefully this is a false news.

            • Moscow Exile says:

              Might I refer you to this link kindly privided by yalensis above:

              Донбасс не в счет

              РФ согласилась не учитывать электроэнергию, поставляемую из России в ДНР и ЛНР, как экспорт на Украину, следует из слов главы украинского Минэнергоугля Владимира Демчишина.

        • yalensis says:

          No, Kiev did NOT cut off the electricity to Crimea.
          They threatened to, as part of their blackmail “negotiations”.
          Russia agreed to supply “occupied” Donbass with free electricity, also agreed to continue providing Kiev with discounted natural gas; in return for Kiev NOT shutting off the juice to Crimea.

          Crimea still has electricity, according to the news sources there.

          • kat kan says:

            And it is KIEV claiming Russia won’t supply Donbass because Kiev won’t pay. It was openly put to them, also with the gas which is also on a separate line, “if it is your territory PAY FOR IT”. If you don’t pay you are acknowledging it is not your territory. They chose to save the money.

            Russia specially built the lines to Donbass last year, knowing Kiev was going to try cutting them off sooner or later, and they fixed and reopened an old gas line for the same reason.

      • dany8538 says:

        ME, whats up? how are you guys holding up over there ? I hear any minute now you all are gonna revolt against the evil one since he is in Ufa now. Strike now while you still have the chance!!! 🙂

        • Moscow Exile says:

          I am now writing from my recently fortified country residence, having fled the capital, which is now seething with anarchic frightfulness as the baying mob tries to storm the Kremlin, within whose forboding walls the Evil One now hides, trembling in his shit-filled breeches.

          • dany8538 says:

            Yeah makes sense. For real though, what’s your take on the overall feeling in the city. Hopeful for the future or all doom and gloom?

            • Moscow Exile says:

              Everyone I speak to about the Ukraine situation just diplomatically shakes his head in despair, but often there is no outright condemnation of Ukranians as a whole. However, Bandera and his latter-day acolytes are considered below contempt by them, as traitors and verminous fascist ones at that: they are, I sense, considered to be on a par with Vlasov and his followers.

              They agree that West is duplicitous in its account of events in the Ukraine and consideer Poroshenko and his oligarchic ilk to be war criminals. My acquaintances often just shake their heads with the attitude: “It was ever thus with Ukrainians”, but go no further.

              My wife has this attutude as well. And this brings me to a key point about this issue: My wife often weeps when seeing the news from the Ukraine because she has many friends there. In her childhood she spent many summers at her “uncle’s” home, with her “brothers and sisters” family in the Dnepropetrovsk province. The man was not a real uncle, her kin, but an old friend of her father. And it’s the same with very many Russians: they have friends and very often relations in the Ukraine – kinfolk. And blood is thicker than water.

              That rabid breed of Galitsians, those who seem to detest all that surround them and are not considered to be of their clan, namely those of the Orthodox faith who do not speak the real language of Rus’ that has evolved amongst the true inheritors of “Kievan Rus’; those who do not affect the term “pan” as an honorific form of address, are not included in this category of course.

              • dany8538 says:

                I agree with your assessment. My dad feels the same way as your wife . He grew up in Soviet Ukraine and actually comes from theWestern Regions of Ukraine, specifically the town of Chernovitz. During the last year and a half I have never seen him sigh so much. It pains him beyond anything to see what has happened to a once thriving society that he was part of. He always makes sure to remind me that under soviet rule this galician filth was kept on a very tight leash and whats happening now was unthinkable then. Ultimately, I hold out hope that all this will pass and maybe, just maybe there can be some kind of mutual understanding between Ukraine and Russia although the current Ukrainian population looks like its been zombified beyond repair.

                • Moscow Exile says:

                  The morons from Galitsia would consider your father to be a Russian colonist – sorry, the word “Russia/Russian” should not be used now when referring to the “Russian” Federation: Finno-Ugric-Tatar-Mongol colonist I should have written – who occupied Western Ukraine after the true descendants of Rus’ had been exterminated by means of a famine orchestrated by the Kremlin.

  27. Russia is about to deport a Latvian citizen named Vyacheslav Vysotsky to Latvia: http://russia-insider.com/en/russia-may-deport-donbass-volunteer-native-latvia-where-he-faces-10-years-prison/ri8594

    Vysotsky, an ethnic Russian, fought for the Lugansk People’s Republic. He faces a 10 year sentence in Latvia if deported. Currently Vysotsky is in Russia where he was detained by the Russian authorities.

    If Vysotsky is deported to Latvia it will be done as a gesture of good will towards Latvia.

    Hopefully the NAF fighters who are still fighting miss the news. If Russia actually deports Vysotsky it would be another big morale killer for them.

    • And to make it clear, the arrest warrant for Vysotsky in Latvia is because of his military activities fighting for the Lugansk People’s Republic.

    • And Russia has already denied an asylum for him so it appears that he will be deported. Poor man thought he would be save in Russia.

      Meanwhile, Finland gave an asylum for a Russian gay couple last week because they said they are persecuted in Russia.

      • cartman says:

        He won’t be deported.

        • Hope so! But why did Russia deny an asylum for him?

          • yalensis says:

            VV: From the age of sixteen, I have been an active participant in the movement to protect the rights of the Russian-speaking population of Latvia. I was one of the originators of the idea of a referendum on making Russian a second official language. Besides, I was a member of the NBP [the National Bolshevik Party, led by Eduard Limonov –ed.], a party banned in Latvia…..”

            Maybe because the judge doesn’t like Limonovites?
            But hopefully he will appeal to a higher court and find a more sympathetic judge!

  28. Warren says:

  29. marknesop says:

    Sammy Power seethes as Russia vetoes UN Resolution to call the massacre at Srebrenica a “genocide”. The vote was delayed a day to allow the UK and USA time to tag-team Russia to prevent them from vetoing it.

    The resolution was introduced by the UK and sponsored by the United States, and their usual retinue of lickspittles fell quickly into line – Sure, boss; uh-huh.

    I am curious whether the eager sponsors of the resolution were planning to accept any responsibility for what happened, considering the Dutch even evicted terrified civilians from their headquarters, and evidence suggests the western powers knew or should have known the disaster would take place as much as 6 weeks before.

    • Fern says:

      As time passes, Srebrenica becomes less and less about an actual, historical event and more a spirit of place symbolising the Forces of Evil versus western goodness. It functions as a yardstick that measures your orthodoxy – suggest, as Vitaly Churkin does, that what happened there had context and took place in a civil war and was not a manifestation of Serb villainy but arose from a much more complex set of circumstances and, well, you’re just a genocide-denier and a stain on humanity.

      The word ‘genocide’ has acquired a political meaning that’s about as far as it can be from the original, literal meaning of the word. Srebrenica had to be labelled a genocide to enable the kangaroo court at the Hague to issue indictments against Bosnian Serb leaders ensuring they could play no part in negotiations for ending the Bosnian wars. Meanwhile, the thousands of Serb civilians killed by Muslim raiding parties operating out of the supposedly ‘safe zone’ of Srebrenica, have been airbrushed from the record. Strange that Samantha Power also seems to have forgotten them.

    • kirill says:

      The NATO backed Kiev regime does not evacuate the women and children before shelling residential areas. In Srebrencia the women and children were put on buses for BiH controlled territory. If the former does not even merit NATO’s attention, then NATO can go fuck itself sideways as it tries to claim the latter is genocide.

      • Fern says:

        I totally agree, kirill. I’ve lost count of the number of debates I’ve had with those holding the ‘orthodox’ position on Srebrenica where I’ve pointed out that it’s a very odd form of genocide where women, children and elderly men were bussed to safety. But those who hold the ‘orthodox’ position are impervious to evidence, facts and reason.

  30. Pavlo Svolochenko says:

    Facebook deletes Azov Regiment’s Facebook page.

    http://off-guardian.org/2015/07/08/facebook-removes-azov-battalions-page/

    Logically inevitable after Zuckerberg’s run-in with the Ukrainskye Butthurt Brigade, but I expect the resulting Ukrainian tardrage to be muted this time since Polk Azov is one of those things they like to pretend doesn’t exist.

    No worries though – they still have VK.

    • yalensis says:

      As a commenter points out, the actual Grauniad are gnashing their teeth and accusing Facebook of being a toy in the hands of Kremlin trolls.

      Bravo Zuckerberg!

      • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

        That is one horrible photograph.

        Looks like a parody of that icon of Christ where one half of his face is stern and judging, and the other kindly and forgiving.

        • yalensis says:

          Oh poor Zuckerberg!
          I like the guy, so I actually spent about 15 minutes trying to find a “good” photograph of him.

          I picked above, because it was more serious.
          But yeah, he is not photogenic.
          Okay, let’s just try one where he looks like grinny teenaged nerd:

          • marknesop says:

            Yeah….his head is just too long. It looks like two heads sandwiched together with a flesh-coloured spacer about two inches high above the nose. His eyes look too high to be in the same face as his mouth. I still like him, though – our relationship is not about looks, I’m not that superficial.

  31. yalensis says:

    File this one under “I knew it all along!”

    For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art – including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko – as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince – except that it acted secretly – the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.

    Mark Rothko (left): “Black and Grey” vs. Vermeer (right).
    Which one is real art, and which is CIA bullshit? YOU be the judge!

    • yalensis says:

      Oh wait! I forgot the pride of the Guggenheim collection:
      This beautiful piece found on somebody’s refrigerator, which their 5-year-old kid finger-painted at school:

      Or could it be a masterful forgery, painted by somebody who knows the Mark Rothko style backwards and forwards?

      (er… you’re telling me that’s a genuine “Mark Rothko” ????)

      Paging the CIA:
      “PLEASE SEND BETTER ART!”

      • Cortes says:

        It’s Art, Josef Vissarrionovich, but not as we know it”

        • Moscow Exile says:

          In 1962, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, touring an exhibit of modern art in Moscow, called the work “dog shit” and got arguing with Soviet sculptor Ernst Neizvestny. He thought Picasso’s works were a load of crap as well. I tend to agree with him.

          Funny name that sculptor has: it means “not famous” in Russian. He emigrated to the USA in the ’70s. Putin gave him a prize in 2000.

          • yalensis says:

            Neizvestny painted this sort of thing:

            and this:

            See, I think this IS real art.
            Because it passes the simple test:
            I would not be able to sit down and paint that myself.
            So, it’s art.
            Is it GOOD art?
            That I do not know.
            I don’t know what good art is, I only know what I like.

            Okay, THIS one I like, because I know that hands are hard to draw, and this hand seems like it’s giving us the finger!

            • Jen says:

              Well, among other things, good art should challenge you to question the way you’ve always seen the world and to encourage you to wonder what alternatives exist and if they might be better than the accepted way of seeing and doing things; or it should communicate something the artist believes in strongly so that viewers see something of what the artist sees and empathise with that viewpoint.

              This explanation distinguishes good art (that invokes self-examination) from art that might technically be well-executed, with good composition, but which communicates nothing to viewers or which tries to promote an ideology or belief system through manipulative tactics.

          • Cortes says:

            Mrs C, who knows a thing or five about figurative art, being rather handy with drawing and painting herself, has Picasso as one of her favourites, together with Manet and John Singer Sargent (her hero). Her admiration for Picasso stems from the fact that he could and did draw and paint beautifully in an “orthodox ” and classically figurative manner and his abstract work reflected his originality and genius. His imitators lack his talent and tar his work by association in the popular mind, quoth she.

      • marknesop says:

        Sorry – I know I’ve advanced it before, but I would put my old favourite, Canada’s “Voice Of Fire” up against any claims to awful art. Painted by an American, though – to hang in the geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller, which might lead you to wonder if there was anything Canadian at Canada’s Centennial Celebration. We liked it so much, we bought it in 1990, for a little over $1.7 million. A couple of years later, giddy with daring, Canada bought a Rothko, for another $1.8 million.

        But the laugh is on the naysayers, because we are told (shhhh….off the record!!) that “Voice Of Fire” is worth around $50 million today!!

        Think so, boys? That’s just more CIA bullshit – it’s a giant effing beach towel, is what it is, and never mind what it “says”, because what it says is that anyone who would pay more than $50.00 for it has all his taste in his mouth.

        I can just imagine the CIA guys hanging around the lunchroom, guffawing and saying ” …and then I told him ‘Don’t breathe a word to a soul, but it’s worth about $50 million now!!’ Which number I totally pulled out of my ass, can you imagine??”

    • ThatJ says:

      Did CIA recruit specifically Jewish artists for the weaponizing of arts against the Soviet Union? I don’t see how ugly “art” can serve any anti-Soviet purpose. This assault on the aesthetic sensibilities of Westerners affect primarily those exposed to it. How was a distorted sense of arts and artistic value supposed to be a weapon against the Soviets? Here I’m reminded of Western support for mental cases like Pussy Riot, whose members’ behavior and acts are reported as if they are nothing out of the ordinary! As if “democratic-minded” Russians should emulate them, because they represent Western values!

      Mark Rothko, mentioned by yalensis, was Jewish.

      Ernst Neizvestny, the Soviet proponent of modern arts mentioned by Moscow Exile, is Jewish.

      Voice Of Fire, mentioned by Mark, is an art piece by Barnett Newman, also Jewish.

      From Wikipedia:

      Commissioned for Expo 67, the International and Universal Exposition that took place in Montreal during Canada’s 1967 centennial, Voice of Fire was part of the US pavilion organized by art critic and historian Alan Solomon. The exhibition, American Painting Now featured the work of twenty-two artists installed in the US Pavilion, a geodesic dome designed by engineer Buckminster Fuller

      Alan Solomon (not a Zulu) signed up his co-ethnic friend for the US exhibition in Canada. Oh, and the Guggenheim family, known for its modern arts philanthropy, is… yes, you guessed it right.

    • ThatJ says:

      The Plot Against Art, Part 1

      By Lasha Darkmoon

      Never before have so few been in a position to make fools, maniacs or criminals of so many.
      HG Wells, The Shape of Things to Come.

      I’ll begin with a confession: I am a failed artist. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to paint. The only thing that stopped me was lack of talent. The first time I did a self-portrait, checking with the mirror in my bedroom to see how I was getting on, my mother put an abrupt end to my artistic ambitions by exclaiming, “Gosh, what a cute little chimp!”

      It was a rude awakening for a nine-year-old artist.

      About a decade later, I asked myself was art was all about. One day I found this sentence in a biography of Burne-Jones, and I jotted it down in my diary and pondered it for a day or two, “I mean by a picture a beautiful romantic dream of something that never was, never will be — in a better light than any light that ever shone — in a land no one can define or remember, only desire — and from forms divinely beautiful.”


      Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott, 1888.
      Art as it used to be, when painters knew how to paint. This would now be considered kitsch.

      When I read that sentence, I almost fainted. I was a sensitive girl, given to fits of swooning at the slightest opportunity. It was then I realized there was no real difference between poetry and painting, between painting and music. All, in their own ways, sought for God — albeit a God who might not exist — but a God nonetheless. God was beauty. God was longing. God was the fire in the rose.

      That’s what I thought then. I was young and foolish.

      Art, I found out later, was about making money. Organized Jewry taught me this. Art dealer Paul Rosenberg says, “A painting is only beautiful when it sells.” Jewish president of the Marlborough Gallery, Frank Lloyd, confirms this: “There is only one measure of success in running a gallery: making money.”

      The question we need to ask is: Who runs the Art Market and how did it become a freak circus?

      Art Should Make You Miserable

      Let’s take a little trip round the art world with Israel Shamir. Mr Shamir, after all, is not only well-informed about art but is also a tour guide in Jerusalem. He agrees with me about the sacral nature of art. “No art without Christ,” he says. By “Christ” he means much more than the historical Jesus. He means the Logos, or Christ Principle, the rule of law in a divinely ordered universe.

      Since Darwin and Freud, there has been a complete “revaluation of all values.” Everything has been turned upside down. We can mostly attribute this parlous state of affairs to the machinations of organized Jewry, in particular to a group of revolutionary thinkers known as the Frankfurt School. (For a detailed introduction to the ideas of these neo-Freudian Marxists, most of whom were Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Germany who fled to America, see Chapter 5 of Kevin MacDonald’s The Culture of Critique).

      Just as one of these Frankfurters, Theodor Adorno, set out to destroy Western music, assuring the world that atonal music was a good thing because it was discordant and ugly, others in the group set out to destroy art and push it to its reductio ad absurdum: lights going on and off in an empty room, unmade beds with condoms and bloodstained panties strewn around, and sealed cans containing the artist’s own excrement.


      Tracey Emin’s My Bed


      Piero Manzoni’s Artist’s Shit

      One of the founders of the Frankfurt School, Georg Lukács, asked rhetorically, “Who will save us from Western civilization?” He began the rescue operation himself, convincing himself that the best way to do this was to create “a culture of pessimism” and “a world that has been abandoned by God.”

      Full text: http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/authors/Darkmoon-ArtI.html

      • marknesop says:

        I cannot view anything from the “Occidental Observer” website at work. A warning flag from the monitoring firewall pops up with the keyword “Discrimination”. Just saying.

      • ThatJ says:

        Do you know the name of the software that is blocking TOO? I know that there are Zionist-affiliated genocidist groups like SPLC and ADL that have developed apps for this purpose.

        Discrimination has a negative connotation, it suggests that whites having a right to exist is immoral, and that in order to be non-discriminating, whites must accept their demise.

        The Trotskyites fix the outcome of the debate by being carefully dialectical: if what people like Kevin McDonald support — namely the continued existence and posteriority of the white race — is discrimination, and if discrimination is bad, then what is good? If you are a Trotskyite (and all American so-called “liberals” influenced by the New Left of the 50s onwards are), you win the debate by putting the onus on your opponents to explain themselves. Being charged and having to explain yourself means you are always a step behind your opponent.

        If the Western governments of today weren’t hostile to whites, discrimination could be re-defined to condemn those who support policies and laws that have the effect of bringing about the racial dispossession of Indo-Europeans as being discriminatory, since they’re targeting whites with the deliberate intent of causing their demise in the long term by discriminating against their right to exist.

        • marknesop says:

          I don’t know if I would use “Zionist-affiliated genocidist groups” to describe the Defense Department – certainly not in their hearing – and I am quite content to accept their judgment where the Occidental Observer is concerned. As I am, in fact, compelled to do. For a country that is allegedly hostile to whites, Canada remains pretty white and non-whites kind of conspicuous by their absence in the government.

        • ThatJ says:

          @marknesop

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Canada#Visible_minority_population

          1996: 86.0%
          2001: 83.3% (-2.7%)
          2006: 80.0% (-3.3%)
          2011: 76.7% (-3.3%)

          Expect another 3.3 ~ 3.5% drop for the 2016 census. At this rate, by 2040 whites will be a minority in Canada, and in the United States as well.

          The origins of the recent arrivals, their age structure and racial mongrelization will accelerate the pace at which whites become a minority. When 9 out of 10 people belong to an European-derived stock, racial mongrelization is statistically less likely to occur than, say, when half of your potential partners are minorities.

          Regarding the censorship of TOO at your workplace, I can’t say how they’re doing it. Your employer may have added the address manually to a blacklist, or maybe they use a third-party software that has TOO in its database. If the latter, then it’s not the Defense Department’s judgment.

          • Tim Owen says:

            Fun fact. According to my mother in law she – and therefore my wife and son – are related to Juan Peron. Just found out last week. Mongrelization? Since I come from a line of eel-pie merchants and music hall performers (and military – my more boring side) i’d say we’re “movin on up…”

            After all his wife could belt out a song couldn’t she. Wait, I’m confused.

          • marknesop says:

            What, then, should be done to compensate for the fact that the white birth rate does not keep up with that of other races? Is it not nature, taking its course? Should we establish whites-only countries and insist the brown monkeys stay in their overpopulated countries that will no longer feed them? What would whites think about it if the positions were reversed, and the brown monkeys wanted to preserve the best and wealthiest lands for themselves, and instituted a “Brown Monkeys Only” immigration policy that excluded whites – we built it, honkies; stay out. We don’t need your sad-sack welfare-lovin’ white ass around here.

            I suspect parents in a mixed marriage might find the characterization of their children as “mongrels” to be offensive. I’ve seen lots of black women I’d marry in a second, were I not already happily married and assuming they’d have me. It’s all in what you find attractive, I guess. I’ve seen a few examples of the white race that had little to recommend them, and can imagine their taking themselves out of the gene pool to be greeted with a sigh of relief.

            • yalensis says:

              The 30 most beautiful black women in history
              and I notice that Dorothy Dandrige came in #1 – yeh!

              • yalensis says:

                Typo, Misspelled her name, yikes!
                Dorothy Dandridge

              • yalensis says:

                P.S. –
                I once read a story about Dorothy Dandridge, when she was on the set of the movie “Sun Valley Serenade” which is a really cool Hollywood movie, because it’s all about skiing and skating at Sun Valley. Dorothy does a bit in the movie, where she sings and dances with the Nicholas Brothers and the Glenn Miller band. So; anyhow, one evening, Dorothy went for a swim in the hotel pool.
                And these fucking racists staying at the hotel insisted that the pool be cleaned afterwards, before they went swimming in it.
                Those crackers should have worshipped the water in that that pool because Dorothy was so beautiful and talented.

              • marknesop says:

                Yes, there are some beauties there, aren’t there? I have always had a thing for Phylicia Rashad since she was on The Cosby Show, and Sade Adu as well. There were a couple in there I did not know at all, and a couple more I did not know were black. But I would like to submit a favourite who did not make the cut for some reason – Rae-Dawn Chong, a true “mongrel” who is partly black and partly Chinese, with lesser influences of Scotch/Irish, French and Cherokee. She’s Tommy Chong’s daughter, of the 70’s dope-comedy duo Cheech and Chong. It’s been a while since she looked like this, of course, but she was a heart-stopper.

              • Moscow Exile says:

                Granted that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but do people really consider Michelle Obama to be a “beauty” in the classically accepted sense of the word?

                Two Russian beauties pictured below on Okhotny Ryad, Moscow, this past week:

        • yalensis says:

          Dear ThatJ:

          You are clearly in your “decompensating” cycle right now.
          Please get some help right away. Dial 911, tell them you are having a psychotic meltdown and need to be taken to the ER straight away.

          Don’t try to drive. Have them bring an ambulance, and a fire truck too, it couldn’t hurt.

          Hilfe! Der eyngl is meshuga!

      • ThatJ says:

        @marknesop

        Depending on the quality of the censoring app, you can easily bypass it by using Google’s Cached feature. I frequently use this feature to bypass articles that are behind a paywall, though some websites are smart enough to tell Google not to cache their content.

        To bypass the censor, access http://www.google.com and paste the link which you want to access, then follow these two steps:

        • yalensis says:

          Dear ThatJ:

          But o alas! I don’t know about Mark’s employers, but my pals in Networking tell me that they strictly monitor access even to cached sites. Therefore, o woe is me! I cannot access white supremacist websites while at work!

          At home, I could access them if I wished to, but choose not to. LOL…

          • yalensis says:

            P.S. – now I’m kinda sorry I brought up that whole issue about modern art.
            It was sort of funny at the time, but triggered psychotic breakdown in my best friend, and that’s just not cool!

  32. Warren says:

    • yalensis says:

      “In Ukraine, the Chechens’ calls of “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” are said to strike fear in the hearts of the Russians.”

      Dubious.
      More like: (eyeroll) and “Here we go again…”

      • yalensis says:

        P.S. ontological question to be posed to the philosophers:

        “Do Americans actually believe their own bullshit?”

      • yalensis says:

        A comment to the Russian Insider piece contains this video about Banderite atrocities against Poles in 1943.

        Subtitles in Polish.
        Warning:
        Extremely violent images, but done in drawings, not photographs, thank goodness.

        • yalensis says:

          P.S.
          Even though these are drawings, they are authentic reproductions of actual documented crimes committed by the Banderites, during their pogrom against Poles. This is not B.S., this ACTUALLY HAPPENED. And resulted in the deaths of estimated 100,000 ordinary Polish people.

          Please pay particular attention to the image at 5:37, in connection with the Galina Pyshniak story about the crucified child in Slavyansk in 2014. Does anybody really doubt any more what these people are capable of?

    • astabada says:

      From the article linked, with my interpolation in the middle.

      In Georgia, he started well, but later stumbled. His reforms had costs – some people lost their job, some people were sent to jail, some people just did not like his drive for modernisation [some people literally took a broom up their asses, some people were tortured, others killed], but the reformer did not seem to realise this.

    • marknesop says:

      I wonder if the ECFR does weddings? I can only imagine the write-up. Note to self; if I ever lose my mind and kill a couple of people with an axe and get caught red-handed with the bodies in my trunk after blowing all their money on greasy Hot Rods at the 7-11…I want a lawyer from the ECFR.

      • et Al says:

        Hypothetically speaking, You’d Better Call Saul

        I’ve still not watched it but Breaking Bad was unbelieveable!

    • yalensis says:

      Saakashvili: “No more Mister Nice Guy!”

      In Gruzia, he had his political opponents jailed and sodomized with broomsticks.
      Now, he realizes that was wrong.
      He should have used telephone poles.

  33. Warren says:

    The Anglosphere backs Ukraine against “Russian aggression”.

    Opinion: Canada, Australia share common values, enduring friendship

    By Rob Nicholson and Julie Bishop, Special to the Vancouver Sun

    Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Opinion+Canada+Australia+share+common+values+enduring+friendship/11198138/story.html#ixzz3fME8W4zp

    • kirill says:

      Must make the typical Ukr proud to be a condom for Russia’s enemies. Too bad there is not enough IQ there to recognize what is done with condoms after they serve their purpose.

      • marknesop says:

        “Australians and Canadians stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine”.

        Well, at least one Canadian and one Australian do. I love how politicians think they speak for the whole country. Technically, they’re right – there are few Canadians who couldn’t care less about the issue. But quite a few stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of eastern Ukraine, against Kiev. And I’m sure that’s not what they meant.

        • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

          Prime Minister Abbott addresses the Australian people, accompanied by representatives of the Australian Defence Forces.

          • Jen says:

            We Australians can see that’s not Tony Abbott because Abbott can’t stop the winking and the twitching as he speaks, like Chief Inspector Dreyfus in those old Pink Panther movies:

        • Tim Owen says:

          I think I’m going to call this, in the spirit of gymnastics commentary, the reverse Pearson. And they nailed the dismount!

          The origin comes from an incident where, after criticizing publicly the Vietnam war, PM Pearson was lifted up off the carpet by his lapels at the earliest opportunity at some summit or other and LBJ yelled in his face: “YOU PISSED ON MY CARPET!”

          This is my enduring image of Canadian-US relations in the “good-old-days”… When you could find a moderate republican… Before the southern strategy…

          They humoured us at one point.

          • Cortes says:

            The slow-witted Canuck should have retorted “Naw, I Pearsoned your carpet-bombing, bubba” before delivering a swift one-two to the ‘nads. It’s the only language they understand…

    • astabada says:

      Semi-off topic, but I’ve been in Sydney two weeks ago and I’ve notice a fair number of Bandera’s symbols in Hyde Park (the Cyrillic “и” with a superimposed latin “I”).

      Don’t know how many Ukrainians live in Australia, but if they’re few they make themselves seen.

      • Jen says:

        I can tell you there are not many Ukrainians, compared to most other ethnic groups.
        From http://www.ethnologue.com, the number of speakers for various immigrant languages in Australia as of 2011:

        Afrikaans (16,800), Arabic (250,000), Classical Mandaic, Eastern Yiddish (1,910), Greek (258,000), Hebrew (7,570), Hindi (79,000), Hmong Njua (2,020), Hungarian (21,600), Iranian Persian (22,800), Italian (318,000), Japanese (35,100), Korean (57,600), Lao (9,380), Maltese (44,700), Mandarin Chinese (218,000), Northern Kurdish (3,600), Northern Uzbek (150), Polish (61,000), Pukapuka (900), Romanian (10,900), Samoan (12,600), Scottish Gaelic (660), Serbian (52,500), Slovene (4,310), Spanish (99,000), Standard Estonian (1,250), Standard German (79,000), Tongan (12,700), Turkish (53,900), Uyghur (370), Vietnamese (199,000), Yue Chinese (238,000)

        From the Australian Bureau of Statistics: the majority of migrants to Australia in 2011 were from the UK, New Zealand, China, India, Italy, Vietnam, the Philippines, Lebanon, South Africa, Malaysia, Germany, Greece and the US.
        http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0main+features102014#MIGRANTS

    • Tim Owen says:

      Ok, I looked against better judgement. Jesus that is so much worse than even I imagined. The perfect shit sandwich: thanks to both of our peoples for dying in pointless colonial wars – glory to heroes – but now we’ve got that straight… Please swallow this shitty trade agreement … In the knowledge that we’re gonna take care of your retirement savings.

      Yeah, I believe you.

  34. et Al says:

    I was looking for a great western foreign policy success and I found one!

    Al Beeb s’Allah GONAD (God’s Own News Agency Direct): Syria conflict: Number of refugees passes four million
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33457886

    The BBC World Service told me (personally) last night that Belgium has rescued 250, yes, that’s right! 240 Syrian christians from Aleppo and given them political asylum.

    God Bless Belgium and all who sail in her! Belgium Akbar! It was nice of Belgium to rescue them from a policy they are fully signed up to with their western partners – sponsoring moderate jihadists to overthrow Assad.

    Al Beeb s’Allah GONAD (God’s Own News Agency Direct): Syria conflict: Belgium rescues 200 Aleppo Christians
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33439875

  35. Warren says:

  36. yalensis says:

    Somebody else who is visting Ukraine today:
    Chief of Staff U.S. Army General Ray Odierno.

    General Odious is busy training the local apes on the correct way to peel a banana.
    But it isn’t all one-sided: the apes are training him back, as he paternalistically describes:

    “This training is shared training,” Gen. Odierno said. “It is American forces training Ukrainian forces, and it’s Ukrainian forces training American forces.”
    A Wall Street Journal reporter accompanied Gen. Odierno on his visit to the base. As he toured the training ground, Gen. Odierno told the 173rd soldiers that it was important to learn from Ukrainians how the Russians and separatists were fighting.
    “We haven’t faced something like this ourselves for a while,” Gen. Odierno said.

    Not since the “good old days” when General Odious was killing civilians in Iraq, during the “Anbar Awakening” ??

    I would like to go back in time, even further, to the 1980’s, when American special forces were torturing and murdering peasants in Central America; however, General Odious seems to have been flying a desk during all those years, and not doing much of anything, until Iraq happened.

    Oh well, now is his chance to shine, in this war against Russia.

    • yalensis says:

      P.S.
      the WSJ piece is behind a paywall, but you can get to it through the usual google-hover method. There is also an indirect link to this story, via the KyivPost.

  37. Jen says:

    Latest Sputnik news is that IKEA is planning to build three new stores in Moscow city, closer to where most people live. These stores will be smaller than the current ones the company already has. IKEA plans to invest 2 billion euros in developing and building stores in Russia up to 2020.
    http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150709/1024402930.html
    http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150416/1020987588.html

    Sanctions, what sanctions? What Russian submarine near Stockholm?

    • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

      This is the same IKEA that insisted ‘corruption’ made it expensive and impossible to business in Russia?

      • kirill says:

        That was just western political correctness. No company doing business in Russia can say the truth since it goes against the whole western bubble of reality.

        It’s funny how western companies are bypassing sanctions against Russia. I guess reality and western perceptions don’t overlap.

  38. Drutten says:

    The coast guard base at Balaclava, Crimea…

    2010:

    2015:

    Tis but a detail, but sums up the overall transformation of Crimea fairly well.

  39. Warren says:

  40. ThatJ says:

    US-Russia Economic War Is Heating Up

    Russia’s energy giant Gazprom has entered into economically and strategically critical deals with key western companies at precisely the same moment that the West seeks to isolate Russia economically

    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/us-russia-economic-war-heats/ri8471

    Putin’s Nord Stream Move Gobsmacks Uncle Sam … Again

    Amid western sanctions and American bluster Gazprom quietly announced it is to double the capacity of Nord Stream pipeline with its German partners

    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/putin-gobsmacks-uncle-sam-again/ri8485

    Soros Go Home: Russia to Investigate ‘Philanthropic’ NGOs

    Twelve NGOs will be investigated to determine if they should be included in Russia’s “undesirable organizations” registry

    http://russia-insider.com/en/soros-go-home-russia-investigate-philanthropic-ngos/ri8595

    US Pushes Russia Towards War

    The United States is pushing Russia, which remains a nuclear superpower, to the brink and beyond – yet Americans are wholly ignorant of the facts and the issues at play

    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/freedom-rider-us-pushes-russia-towards-war/ri8490

    After US Redefines Marriage Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia Asks What’s Next

    An interview with Archpriest Victor Potapov from Washington and of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia who can scarcely believe the changes taking place in the US today

    http://russia-insider.com/en/christianity/archpriest-victor-potapov-earthquake-sorts-taking-place-america/ri8538

    [ThatJ: I’m an atheist, but I agree with the priest. Same-sex marriage does not spell “mission accomplished” for the lobby. The radical activists will now move to new territories, explore new battlegrounds, seek new laws that boost their own standing and penalize sodomy opponents.]

    • marknesop says:

      Something that I found interesting about gay politics – and we discussed it some time ago – is the trap that lies in legal definition for the purposes of domestic administration and regulation. Several reliable sources suggested the pedophiles were watching the gay debate with great interest, especially the battle over use of the words “normal” and “natural”. Those opposed to the normalization of pedophilia and kiddie porn would do well to pay attention to arguments that homosexuality is normal and natural. It is something like both, in that it is a compulsion the individual can neither ignore or deny, and it is true that homosexuality occurs across species in the animal kingdom, where it is unquestioningly accepted and presumably immune to hurtful propaganda. However, homosexuals are incapable of natural reproduction, which suggests animal homosexuality is an anomaly and is not the natural state. That notwithstanding, the human definition is edging toward a statement that homosexuality is a biological imperative the human is helpless to deny. And as soon as that is in writing, Bam! the pedophiles will want their rights, too. Because several medical outliers have already suggested pedophelia, too, is a medical disorder that its victim cannot withstand. The pedos will not mind it being referred to as a “disorder” so long as it gets them what they want.

  41. ThatJ says:

    Jenji Kohan and the Jewish Hyper-Sexualization of Western Culture

    By Brenton Sanderson

    As detailed in The Culture of Critique, Freud and his followers regarded anti-Semitism was a universal pathology which had its roots in sexual repression. The theoretical basis for this can be found in Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality where he linked aggression to the frustration of human drives — especially the sex drive. Kevin MacDonald notes that: “Although Freud himself later developed the idea of a death instinct to explain aggression, a consistent theme of the Freudian critique of Western culture, as exemplified for example by Norman O. Brown, Herbert Marcuse, and Wilhelm Reich, has been that the liberation of sexual repressions would lead to lowered aggression and usher in an era of universal love.”

    According to this view, anti-Semitism, regarded as a form of aggression, results from the denial of sexuality, and the role of the Jewish mission of psychoanalysis was to end anti-Semitism by freeing humanity of its sexual repressions. Individuals preoccupied with sex were considered unlikely to concern themselves with the activities of Jews, much less to organize politically against them. People who spend most of their time in search of sexual stimulation are unlikely to organize pogroms or threaten the rich and powerful Jewish establishment. In his widely cited 2004 essay from the Jewish Quarterly Nathan Abrams observed that:

    Jews in America have been sexual revolutionaries. A large amount of the material on sexual liberation was written by Jews. Those at the forefront of the movement which forced America to adopt a more liberal view of sex were Jewish. Jews were also at the vanguard of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse and Paul Goodman replaced Marx, Trotsky and Lenin as required revolutionary reading. Reich’s central preoccupations were work, love and sex, while Marcuse prophesied that a socialist utopia would free individuals to achieve sexual satisfaction. Goodman wrote of the “beautiful cultural consequences” that would follow from legalizing pornography: it would “ennoble all our art” and “humanize sexuality.”

    The hyper-sexualization of Western culture (the most conspicuous result of the Jewish takeover and virtual monopolization of the Western media and entertainment industries) can, therefore, be viewed as the practical ethno-political application of psychoanalytic theory to a traditional Western culture regarded as inherently authoritarian, fascistic and anti-Semitic due to its “repressive” sexual morality. MacDonald points out that “psychoanalysis has been a veritable treasure trove of ideas for those intent on developing radical critiques of Western culture” with these ideas influencing thought in a wide range of areas, “including sociology, child rearing, criminology, anthropology, literary criticism, art, literature, and the popular media.”

    I recently noted how Daniel Jonah Goldhagen claims to be bewildered by Billy Graham’s “nutty” comment in his secretly recorded conversation with President Nixon in 1972 that Jews were “the ones putting out the pornographic stuff,” and that so severe was the danger that Jews pose that their “stranglehold has got to be broken or this country’s going down the drain.”[3] Of course Goldhagen is uninterested in whether Graham’s assertion has any grounding in empirical reality — whether Jews actually are the ones mainly responsible for “putting out the pornographic stuff,” and are thereby undermining the cultural foundations and supports for high-investment parenting and sending the country “down the drain.” A quick look at the output of Hollywood, and the individuals responsible for it, is, however, enough to confirm that Graham’s assertion is absolutely correct. Not only have Jews long dominated the pornography industry, they have also been pivotal in “mainstreaming” pornographic themes and images through the movies and TV programs they produce.

    Full text: http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2015/07/jenji-kohan-and-the-jewish-hyper-sexualization-of-western-culture/

    It’s rather long, but considering that we often debate America’s soft power projection abroad, I couldn’t let this article go unmentioned here.

    • yalensis says:

      Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse and Paul Goodman replaced Marx, Trotsky and Lenin as required revolutionary reading.

      Er… aren’t you contradicting yourself, ThatJ?
      ’cause, in previous comments you claimed that all the “subversive and genocidal” Jews were Trotskyites, seeking to kill off the white man turn the world into a haven for inferior races.

      Now you’re saying they don’t bother to read Marx and Trotsky any more, all they read is Marcuse. While whacking themselves off to porn.

      You don’t see the contradiction?

    • Tim Owen says:

      “Individuals preoccupied with sex were considered unlikely to concern themselves with the activities of Jews, much less to organize politically against them. People who spend most of their time in search of sexual stimulation are unlikely to organize pogroms or threaten the rich and powerful Jewish establishment.”

      Jesus, that is sweet.

  42. et Al says:

    Russia Beyond the Headlines: Tatarstan: Russia’s leading investment destination
    http://in.rbth.com/economics/2015/07/07/tatarstan_russias_leading_investment_destination_44089.html

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    It was not so long ago (i.e. the same time as Chechnya 1993/4) that Tartarstan came to within a whisker of declaring its own independence from Russia, only to get a special deal from Moscow that has served it very well. The deal was supposed to be reviewed after 10 years but I’ve yet to see any mention of it. Does anyone know? I think the links are pretty good proof of the universal repression Tartars face in fascist Russia!

    http://in.rbth.com/world/2014/12/17/us_troubled_over_slew_of_deals_during_putin-modi_summit_40385.html

  43. et Al says:

    Neuters: Oman takes legal action against Bulgaria over bank collapse: source
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/08/uk-bulgaria-oman-banking-exclusive-idUKKCN0PI1MC20150708?

    …Oman’s State General Reserve Fund owned a 30 percent stake in the Balkan country’s fourth-biggest lender, which was felled by a bank run and shut down by the central bank, triggering the country’s worst financial crisis since the 1990s.

    News of the legal action came as a Bulgarian parliament commission on Wednesday accused the main shareholder of running Corpbank as a pyramid scheme under the lax supervision of the central bank and the intelligence service.

    Corpbank’s main owner, a Bulgarian tycoon called Tsvetan Vassilev, has been charged with embezzlement since the bank run and an independent audit ordered by the central bank forced Corpbank to write off nearly two-thirds of its assets. Insolvency proceedings in Bulgaria are ongoing.

    A consortium of investors including the Omani fund had submitted proposals for rescuing Corpbank in October, but a month later the central bank stripped the lender of its licence and ended any chance of a turnaround.

    “The arbitration is in European courts,” said a source at the fund, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Our demands are to get the book value of our investment as per the day the bank was stopped as well as interest,” the source added, declining to give further details…
    ####

    So why am I posting this as it has nothing to do with Russia? Well I’m sure Bulgaria is happy it nuked South Stream (in return for it being bailed out by Brussels/Frankfurt) and guaranteed income through gas transit fees for decades, only to have this happen to them. There’s 40 odd million Bulgarians too. I’m starting to wonder that if Greece leaves the Euro, how far other Balkan countries will be impacted…

    • kat kan says:

      Sorry, a lot less. Bulgaria has only about 9 or 10 million people (heaps left after 1992) and uses the lev (worth about half a euro) and has decided not to apply to join the Eurozone. What they DO need is a government that doesn’t change its mind about important stuff like South Stream after a visit from John McCain.

    • marknesop says:

      Not in Bulgaria, there’s not, unless they are knitting Bulgarians in the basement – there’s just over 7 million. Just the same, I’m trying not to laugh by reminding myself that Bulgaria has a lot of people who did not support their President’s strutting and posturing for his European masters and would have been glad to see South Stream go through. In fact, what might serve the cause of justice and simultaneously teach the EU a few home truths would be a Bulgarian revolt which overthrew the current government. The EU thinks regime change is always grown in a lab. Not always, it isn’t.

  44. et Al says:

    In the category of “Sanctions? What sanctions?”

    Flight Global: Irkut seals MC-21 cargo system pact with US firm
    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/irkut-seals-mc-21-cargo-system-pact-with-us-firm-413217/

    US-based Ancra International has formalised an agreement to supply the lower-deck cargo-loading system for the Irkut MC-21.

    The contract covers the -200 and -300 versions of the twinjet aircraft.

    Critical design review of the system is scheduled to take place in December with initial delivery in August 2016….

    …“This programme is a blessing for us,” says Ancra sales and marketing director Ed Dugic, pointing out that it extends the company’s capabilities to lower-deck design.
    ####

    If you look at the ‘More on this story’, we see ‘PARIS: GKN to supply core cases for MC-21 engine’
    and theres also this: ANALYSIS: Russia keen to keep aerospace partnerships with West
    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/analysis-russia-keen-to-keep-aerospace-partnerships-with-west-413768

    …Asked whether some of UAC’s international suppliers were getting cold feet, Matsenov responded: “We talked about the geopolitical situation with our partners and suppliers, and we had very clear feedback that all of them are interested in co-operating with us, at least in the civil sector.”…

    Just hit the ‘Esc’ button quickly when it appears and it won’t take you to the login page.

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